Laidlaw lent its expertise to the £3 million refurbishment of a grade I listed town hall in Yorkshire. As part of the major upgrade work at Wakefield Town Hall, which dates to 1880, original tiled walls were uncovered, while the ornate walls and ceilings were cleaned and restored.
Maintaining the grand, historic elements of the iconic building was essential, yet it has been complemented with modern products that will help to future-proof the town hall for generations to come.
Laidlaw specified GEZE automatic door operators: the Slimdrive EMD-F for six sets of new hardwood double doors.
The Slimdrive EMD-F swing door operator is fire tested and holds the Certifire Certificate of Approval CF 860, having a fire resistance of up to 120 minutes. Crucially, the Slimdrive EMD-F swing door operator provides assisted manual or automatic opening using the operating button to guarantee constant opening and closing speed, and meets the requirements of the Equality Act and is BS 8300 compliant.
To complement the original ironmongery, the Slimdrive EMD-F swing door operator systems were completed with brass covers. The architect asked that the access control incorporated rebated electrical shear locks, so that they remain hidden within the frame.