Compliant care home access control regime delivered in Devon by Abloy UK

Posted On 15 Feb 2018
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Abloy UK has supplied Crediton Care & Support Homes Ltd (CCSH) with a compliant electric locking solution for Kite House, a new care facility located in Crediton, Devon.

CCSH specialises in providing residential care for people with autism, Asperger syndrome, learning disabilities and mental health issues. A barn conversion, Kite House is the newest of its facilities, offering a full range of residential, day care and domiciliary services.

Exeter-based Guardian Security handles all of the security needs of CCSH, and was responsible for selecting the best solution to fit the requirements of Kite House. Specialists in access control, Guardian Security created a bespoke security solution, specifying seven Abloy solenoid electric locks to work in conjunction with the existing access control system.

One of the key requirements for Kite House was the ability to lock down the facilities at any given point and isolate areas such as the kitchen and quiet rooms if needed. There was also a desire for the facility to feel more like a home and less like a hospital in order to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed in their surroundings.

Abloy EL560, EL460 and EL561 locks were recommended for use in the doors of high-traffic buildings because they can withstand the heavy usage that comes from many people using doors for access daily, making them ideal for this particular installation. Only the outside handle is electrically controlled, and the lock can always be opened by the inside handle for easy egress. Mechanical opening by cylinder is always possible, too, while the EL560, EL460 and EL561 locks are compliant with both EN179 and EN1125.

Speaking about the installation project, Sean Monger of Guardian Security commented: “Abloy UK’s locks are both durable and compliant.”

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