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The public sector procurement body, LHC, has launched its new Communal Entrance Doorset and Associated Products framework (CED1) with the official UK police scheme Secured by Design (SBD). LHC says that its CED1 framework presents the most authoritative guidance for the security of public sector buildings.
Five companies have secured the opportunity to provide goods and services through this framework, which has an estimated £26m value, through three regional lots, England, Wales and Scotland over four years. The five awarded appointment certificates at an official launch at LHC’s head offices in Uxbridge are:
Bamford Doors, of Stockport, Cheshire;
Close Circuit Security Services, of Birmingham;
Martec Engineering Group, of Glasgow;
Neos Protect, of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear; and
Warrior Doors, of Birmingham.
The framework is available to councils, housing associations and other publicly funded bodies in the UK (not Northern Ireland), and offers a choice of security doorsets in materials including aluminium, mild or stainless steel, as well as door patterns, colours and side/over panels. The package also includes the supply and installation of door/access control systems and maintenance services as required. The framework will be promoted in Scotland under the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) brand, and in Wales under the new Welsh Procurement Alliance (WPA) brand. It means that doorsets procured through LHC must meet SBD’s Police Preferred Specification security standards, and those companies appointed to the LHC framework must also be SBD members.
LHC’s Technical Manager, Jim Noble said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this framework in collaboration with Secured by Design. It contributes to LHC’s comprehensive suite of high quality window and door frameworks that includes aluminium, PVC-U, and timber window and door solutions as well as composite entrance doorsets for public sector buildings. The framework structure has been carefully put together to suit our clients’ needs and evaluated to ensure best value for money for our clients.
And Secured by Design’s Senior Development Officer, Mick Reynolds, added: “The framework agreement will help address police concerns that poor quality communal entrance doors, which can give access to a huge number of homes especially in high rise developments, have led to crimes and anti-social behaviour being committed at the point of entry and to individual flats inside the building. We are thrilled that we were invited by LHC to work closely with them on this agreement and that SBD security standards have been included. This should go a long way to reducing crime. The agreement will help publicly-funded organisations, like local authorities, to more easily select companies to do the work.”
For background visit the LHC website.