Richmond-Upon-Thames Brick Slip Project: Stage 2
Published: July 30, 2013
Site preparation complete, it was now time for lath
We recently shared a current project, an extensive strip out and renovation project in Richmond-upon-Thames. As the project draws closer to completion, Charter Global’s brilliant team of engineers are finishing off the final structural tasks before leaving site. Equilux, Charter Global’s premium provider of intelligent, design-focused security systems for private residences, has worked closely with both architect and contractor throughout the project.
The Equilux Built In Shutter system, the best suited product for the requirements set by the client, is completely concealed from view having been installed within the structural lintel. This not only ensures a completely hidden system without detracting from the building design, but also protects the home with a high performance building security system.
Prior to shutter installation the Equilux lintels have been installed by the main contractor. These provide support for the masonry and the timber sash window system used on this project. Brick slip lintel are a brilliant alternative to the Equilux Bolt On Shutter as there is no requirement for an unsightly headbox. More information regarding brick slip lintels can be found here.
A sample of the Equilux shutter side guide was issued to the contractor and the timber surrounds to the windows were created prior to the shutter installation. This allowed for a slot within the window reveal to accept the Equilux shutter side guide; again concealed from view, leaving an attractive shadow gap around the reveal. The timber surround to each window includes an access panel to the security shutters.
Though no security rating was required, the client had a number of security concerns.
Following a lengthy discussion on capability, Charter Global provided recommendations for the best suited security system, as mitigation of bodily force. Further information on mitigating risk through intelligent building design, please see our Forced Entry: Bodily Force: A Guide.
Access is required to the full width of the openings for maintenance and servicing; Charter technicians worked closely with other trades during the design to ensure seamless and concealed access to each opening. In this instance, access is gained from beneath Equilux shutter lintel, within the window reveal.
Once the site works are complete a site survey is carried out to obtain as built site dimensions, the Equilux shutter domestic security shutters are manufactured in the factory in Reading and delivered to the site. Fully qualified, directly employed installation engineers install the shutters and side guides for each opening, test and commission the shutter and leave in full working order. The final connection to the control system for the property is carried out by the building control technicians, using the Equilux wiring details and electrical hardware.
Once the home security shutters are installed the project is nearly complete – but not quite. With every project Charter are happy to demonstrate the shutter operation to the client during the building handover to ensure the client is comfortable with operation of the roller shutters. In addition to this, a service and maintenance program is advised based on the shutter usage to ensure ongoing satisfaction with the Equilux Security Shutters.