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In Dublin, the National Gallery of Ireland, a 150-year-old listed building is open after a near 30m euros refurbishment and modernisation of its historic wings on Merrion Square. The building also required an updated fire safety plan. From that followed the need to install new security and fire rated doorsets, with locking. Doorsets were specified by Henegan Peng Architects and then ASSA ABLOY Security Doors worked with Modubuild, the specialist trade contractor, alongside main contractors John Paul Construction to meet the specification.

About 30 steel doorsets, including a mixture of LPS 1175 security rating and fire rated glass doorsets, were delivered to the Gallery’s Dargan and Milltown Wings (pictured) to maintain security besides meet fire safety regulations. Logistically, the delivery of the doorsets presented some challenges as the National Gallery is in the city centre. Similarly, the product manufacturer adds, products had to be carefully chosen to meet the demands of the listed building. However, these needs were taken into consideration at an early stage so the project ran smoothly.

Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, said: “For the first time the gallery has an integrated system of lighting, heating and security. It’s very much state of the art; we’ve been able to specify really good technical equipment.”

James Blanchfield, Pre-Contracts Manager for Ireland and Mainland Europe at Modubuild, a Trade Partner of ASSA ABLOY Security Doors said: “We pride ourselves on working very closely with our customers to understand their specific requirements and to provide specialist and tailored solutions. Doorsets for this particular project had to be fully compliant to achieve the latest standards and meet the specialist needs of each situation. Factors to consider included fire, acoustics, air tightness, high-security and pressure resistance.”

Stephen Wilkinson, Area Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, added: “We had to ensure that the doorsets we were supplying were of the highest security rating as per the customer’s specifications. In addition to this, doors had to be certified to meet strict fire standards and our locking solutions had to include panic hardware as well as access control systems.”



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