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A call to arms tribute
GEZE UK responded to the call “to be the best” as part of a three-year, multi-million pound make-over, of the National Army Museum, in London – making it more accessible and providing enhanced visitor facilities.
The reconfiguration of its 1970 and 80’s interior has transformed the museum in Chelsea. Its five themed galleries, laid out over four floors now centres around a light and airy atrium.
In addition to the permanent galleries, the museum includes temporary exhibition space, a study centre and education spaces, a café, shop and Play Base, for children up to the age of eight.
It is hoped that the £23.75m re- development – part-funded by the National Lottery – will open doors to new audiences enabled by GEZE products fitted around the building.
Included in the re-fit were five pairs of TSA 160 NT automatic swing door operators. These were fitted to the corridor and entrance to the museum’s board room and the
   corridor and two doors to Play Base. The TSA 160 NTs are electronically controlled, hydraulic swing door mechanisms which are ideal for heavy doors in high traffic areas, increasing accessibility. They are extremely reliable and require
little maintenance.
There are also 10 TS 550 E floor
springs and 60 Boxer integrated door closers fitted to manual doors throughout the building – from study areas and corridors to behind- the-scenes facilities.
GEZE’s architectural ironmongery was specified by Interior Hardware, of Aldridge, in the West Midlands.
The museum was reconfigured to a design by architects BDP with exhibition fitout by design agency Event to create a more welcoming, accessible and flexible environment, enabling the National Army Museum to manage increasing visitor figures, predicted to reach 400,000 by 2026. ❐
  Swisspacer, will be exhibiting at Fensterbau Frontale, Nuremberg, this March. Visitors to its stand will be able to learn more about the company’s full range of h igh performance warm edge spacer bars, available in 19 widths and 17 colours. Four new Georgian bar sizes have recently been launched, replicating authentic details on heritage windows.Two of the Georgian bar options are designed specifically for the UK market.
In addition, free demonstrations of the Caluwin app will show visitors how it lets users change components to calculate their effect on a window’s energy savings.
Jan Hiersemenzel, head of marketing for Swisspacer says:“It’s a great opportunity for sealed unit makers, fabricators and installers to learn more about how Swisspacer can significantly improve a windows’ energy efficiency – and the overall thermal performance of a building – without compromising on design.”
Fensterbau Frontale, 21st-24th March, Stand 214, Hall 7a. ❐
 12 The Fabricator 2018

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