The Grade ll listed 1840s St Helena campus for the University of Derby has recently been part of a refurbishment and conservation programme.
The former grammar school is now a revitalised facility for the University, hosting adult nursing, social care, engineering and computing classes. The building, which had been un-loved and declining, has been brought back into dynamic educational use.
As part of the building’s restoration process, the ironmongery specification had to respect existing ironmongery in both finish and design.
The new ironmongery specification had to be sympathetic to existing ironmongery finishes, predominantly bronze throughout the building. A small majority of the existing ironmongery was reinstated, with the remaining replaced with new hardware. Em-B worked with manufacturer Frank Allart to design and make the new door furniture in a special bronze finish. Ironmongery included lever on rose, lever on plate, bathroom furniture, escutcheons, flush pulls and flush bolts.
As part of the modern functionality of the building, communal areas also required electromagnetic door closers. Em-B supplied door closer covers and arms in a specialist finished to achieve this co-ordinated design requirement.