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  1. Stephanie Lee
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    Our Flexirol Multidirectional door hardware is the ideal solution for adding flexibility to today’s open-plan workspaces.Open offices have been on the rise over the past 10 years with corporate giants such as Google being high profile advocates. More recently however, research suggests that productivity and employee well-being actually diminishes in many of these surroundings due to an increase in distractions, noise levels and sickness[1].Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director at P C Henderson, commented: “Glass partition doors using our Flexirol Multidirectional hardware can provide huge amounts of flexibility to open-plan office designs. When open, for example, these systems can be stored to the side in a stacking formation, allowing for a clear, free flowing space that is accessible and useable by all occupants. When closed, they can assist in creating quiet, private working areas whilst providing a clear visual throughout, retaining the open and honest environments many companies want to embody.”Glass partitions also maintain the natural light transmittance present in an existing workspace. They only occupy a small bit of space when not in use, maintaining the open plan feel desired. Most importantly perhaps, these partitions aid with noise reduction and provide privacy elements that can boost productivity.Multidirectional door hardware systems can help meet the aesthetic, regulatory and practical elements required in a commercial office setting. From a safety perspective, the hardware is top hung, meaning that the floor area is clear and free of trip hazards. Our Flexirol Multidirectional hardware can help create bespoke styles and zones to suit a wide range of open office layouts, to the benefit of architects, designers and fit-out experts. Moveable glass walls are an innovative way of creating distinct working areas whilst providing employees with the benefits of open plan and spacious working environments.Our Flexirol Multidirectional hardware systems are used extensively to create glazed or solid wood sliding and folding stacking wall applications. The Flexirol range is high performing, versatile and is suitable for a multitude of installations, providing different stacking configurations and door weight capacities as it is available in two variations of movement – 90 or 135 degrees.
  2. Stephanie Lee
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    Whether you are moving into a new property or refurbishing an existing one, doors are probably not at the top of your agenda when thinking about interior design.People usually focus on choosing furniture pieces, picking the right style of kitchen cabinets and worktops, ponder whether to install a walk-in shower or a bath, and mull over paint or wallpaper to create that stunning feature wall. However, when it comes to selecting internal doors, homeowners tend to stick to the ‘same old’ traditional swing door system.You might consider which way the door should swing, will it obtrude any furniture, different materials, colours and styles to go with the rest of the interior, or the type of handle you would like.These are important features, but did you know that the traditional swing door can often limit your design choices when it comes to installing appliances or picking the perfect spot for that beautiful armchair you bought?Talking PointA fantastic alternative that creates space, as well as extra charm and character, is a pocket door system. Our unique sliding mechanism allows the door to slide to one side and then disappear into the cavity wall, removing the obtrusion of a swing door while providing a distinctive opening.
  3. Stephanie Lee
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    Obviously at P C Henderson we’re huge advocates of sliding door hardware and the many benefits it brings:….the list goes on.With such a vast product range to choose from it can become a little daunting knowing where to start. To help, we’ve put together a 10 step how to guide on choosing your perfect sliding or folding door hardware solution for your project.Step 1: Internal or external?This has got to be the main starting point. If choosing an external system make sure that you’re purchasing a weather and corrosion proof system as well as high in security features. At P C Henderson we offer systems that are made from marine grade 316 stainless steel to provide optimum weather resistance.Step 2:  Decide how you want it to operate
  4. Stephanie Lee
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    Door systems that can create large expansive openings are proving to be highly sought out features in a wide variety of coastal properties in order to make best use of external views and spaces. However, due to environmental factors in coastal environments, extra care must be taken when refurbishing or adding these structures, as weather conditions may affect the hardware and components used. P C Henderson offers a range of sliding and folding door hardware systems ideal for such use in order to effectively guard against elements such as salt spray and sea air.Fergus Pickard, Product Development Director at P C Henderson, comments: “It’s important that proprietors in coastal areas recognise the important of installing sliding door hardware that, is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also robust, highly weather resistant and low maintenance in order to meet the performance levels required. Not doing so could result in hardware suffering from corrosion which not only looks unsightly but also effects the durability and operation of any system.”“We offer an extensive range of sliding and folding door hardware that is able to withstand the atmospheric conditions present in coastal regions. Our coastal suitable systems, which include Soltaire, Securefold and Stainless Steel, have been designed and extensively tested to last - with little to no maintenance required.”Where sliding door hardware is required, our Soltaire system makes for a perfect solution. Made from Marine Grade 316 stainless steel, the product is able to be used with wooden, aluminium and steel doors weighing up to a maximum of either 120, 180 or 250kg. The system is designed to accommodate multiple doors which can slide to either side or to the same side. An alternative to this would be P C Henderson’s Stainless Steel hardware which is suitable for wooden, aluminium or steel sliding doors weighing up to a maximum of 100, 150 or 270kg.For folding doors, P C Henderson’s market leading Securefold range provides the perfect solution. Its components are made from Marine Grade 316 stainless steel, anodised aluminium and polymers. The range comes in a number of product variants such as the popular Ultra system, which has enhanced security components, along with 4 different colour finishes to choose from. The hardware is capable of carrying wooden or aluminium doors weighing up to 50, 100 or 150kg and now also includes R-Loc, a clever ratchet system that enables installers to easily raise or lower a door, eliminating the process of locking the hanger in place with a grub screw.
  5. Stephanie Lee
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    Recent research by Habinteg Housing Association has revealed that a mere 3 percent of councils in England, outside of London, have put plans in place to deliver and measure the amount of homes being built to the accessible Lifetime Homes standard[1]. That means a staggering 97 percent of local councils are failing their residents with a lack of forward planning on how to tackle the accessibility problem in social housing.Statistics also show that one in five disabled people believe that their accommodation is not suitable as their home requires adaptation[2]. Research by national charity Aspire has determined that fewer wheelchair accessible homes were built in 2013 than in 2005, with 24,000 wheelchair users in England waiting for appropriate social or affordable housing[3]. Currently only 7 percent of existing social homes provide the four minimum access features that allow a disabled person to comfortably visit, stay the night or live on a longer term basis.In order to address the shortage of accessible social homes, LAs must ensure all new social housing is built to minimum standards equivalent to Lifetime Homes or Building Regulations Part M (4) Category 2, as standard, to promote mobility and enhance user well-being. The Lifetime Homes standard considers the spatial needs in a property in order to provide both basic and essential accessibility facilities, either from the outset or through the ability to create simple, cost effective adaptations. This means that ordinary homes are designed to cover aspects such as inclusivity, accessibility, adaptability, sustainability and value. Homes also take into account the mobility needs of a wide range of people and include simple, yet extremely effective features, such as level access, wider doorways and most crucially, the potential for cost-effective adaptations.When designing the openings within an accessible home, consideration must be given to the doors used and their suitability for all users. The swinging function of a traditional door can be obtrusive, cumbersome and take up unnecessary space when in operation. Sliding doors on the other hand provide the benefit of an entirely clear floor space, allowing for easier mobility between rooms.Well-designed sliding door hardware systems can improve accessibility for a wide variety of individuals such as parents pushing buggies, carrying children or shopping; older people, perhaps beginning to use mobility aids; members of a household perhaps temporarily disabled through illness or an accident; and members of the household or visitors with permanent disabilities.
  6. Stephanie Lee
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    Research by national charity, Aspire, has determined that fewer wheelchair accessible homes were built in 2013 than in 2005, with 24,000 wheelchair users in England waiting for appropriate social or affordable housing.Our innovative, automated sliding door hardware - Evolve - provides the ideal solution for easier access in and around rooms, particularly for those with limited mobility, in new or existing homes.It is natural for individuals to want to be independent in their own homes for as long as they can, regardless of age or disability. Our Evolve range of sliding door hardware provides users with a safe, easy to operate, automated system that allows sliding doors to open at the push of a button or by activating a motion sensor. Plus, utilising sliding door hardware, rather than a traditional swing door, provides the added benefit of an entirely clear floor space, allowing for a smooth flow between rooms. Building Regulations and standards such as Lifetime Homes are helping to drive the push for housing which can accommodate changing needs of inhabitants over its lifespan. Homes that enable easier mobility via wider openings, layout and design are in high demand by many people who rely on wheelchairs and walking aids to move around.Our Evolve range is available as a single sliding door mechanism or a double bi-parting sliding door mechanism. Suitable for interior use, the Evolve range of hardware is extremely versatile with the ability to move wooden or glass doors in a variety of door weights. It is simple to fit and comes complete with track, hangers, floor guide, track stop, drive unit and wall mounted control as standard. A number of sophisticated optional extras are available that can enhance the system further.