Built to accommodate a range of dynamic, forward-thinking businesses, every aspect of the project needed to be modern, stylish and high specification. For the building’s internal door closers, DORMA TS 93 cam action door closers proved the natural solution.
Located in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on a waterside site that has lain derelict for 20 years, the Boathouse Business Centre was commissioned by Fenland District Council and designed by architects Feilden and Mawson LLP. The building forms the focal point of a £40 million redevelopment of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
The iconic, three storey building, built in the shape of a boat, offers 38 individual high quality office units ranging from 20m2 to 70m2 in size as well as the Port Authority offices, meeting rooms, yacht club, changing facilities, cafeteria and ancillary accommodation.
Built by main contractor Kier, specialist glazing contractor Wrightstyle was appointed to install the comprehensive glazing systems along with the internal fire doors that would meet the high specification of the architects’ design. As part of this, Wrightstyle were tasked with installing all of the building’s door controls.
With its compact dimensions, versatile design and concealed fixings, the DORMA TS 93 door closer system proved ideal for use on the multiple office entrances and fire doors located across both floors throughout the building.
Unlike rack and pinion door closers, the DORMA TS 93 system uses a linear drive mechanism and heart-shaped cam to ensure resistance encountered when opening the door decreases virtually instantly with the opening action. The rapidly decreasing opening force ensures that each door can be opened easily, thus offering ease of use for all users, as well as improved disabled access. DORMA TS 93 cam action door closers also hold successful independent testing to BS EN 1154, and are CERTIFIRE approved for fire doors, making them the perfect choice for public-use buildings.
Designed to meet all security, health and safety requirements and compliance, the DORMA TS 93 cam action door closer is the ideal solution for buildings with a regular traffic flow. By offering minimal resistance throughout the opening and closing cycle, TS 93 door closers also make door operations much safer and more reliable – perfect for the busy office environment.
Now complete and occupied by several innovative businesses of various sizes, the Boathouse Business Centre has been recognised for its progressive design with a commendation at the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Awards. With the help of DORMA’s TS 93 cam action door closers, the new Boathouse building has been able to breathe new life into an area of Cambridgeshire by providing a home for innovative new businesses as well as leisure facilities for the local community.