Master architectural ironmongers Em-B Solutions has worked hand in hand with a local Housing Association and, crucially, its residents, to deliver a bespoke door hardware package that suits the needs of occupants exactly.
Cherry Tree House is a purpose-built sheltered housing scheme developed by Leeds Jewish Housing Association in the heart of the Jewish Community. It opened in Spring 2022 offering 51 one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments complete with modern fitted kitchens and accessible bathrooms.
The client had a tight brief for the door hardware for Em-B: top quality compliant hardware that was easy and pleasing to use, to an exacting budget. Em-B scheduled ironmongery for all of the doors, consulting residents and staff over their choice of lever handle – the part of every door that every user interacts with. A two-tone stainless steel handle was selected for the ultimate combination of usability, practicality, durability and pleasing aesthetics. “We had a number of requirements for the lever handle on the doors of Cherry Tree House: easy to grip and use, hard wearing, and a high quality feel and finish,” says LJHA’s Director of Operations, Craig Simons. “We were impressed with Em-B’s attention to detail when it came to these smaller points and the residents love the finished results – high quality handles which give the right impression and work well and easily for some of our less able clients.”
Em-B scheduled a fully compliant suite of door hardware for the building including free-swing e-mag slimline overhead door closers, ARRONE hardware, and the Phantom lever on rose handles from UAP as chosen by LJHA. The company, the first to become Guild Marked – the ultimate sign of quality in architectural ironmongery – is experienced in providing a full turnkey specification, design, and supply service in care and healthcare settings. Em-B provides a co-ordinated package of ironmongery, signage and access control to meets the design criteria and the high standards required for this type of the building, striking a balance between residential design and hard-wearing functionality.