June 8, 2020
The entrance doors designed specifically for conservation areas
Written by Rebecca Clayton
June 8, 2020
Written by Rebecca Clayton
It is not only listed properties that come with strict construction limitations, if a building is located within a conservation area then you usually require permission to make any changes to the original external features, including windows and doors.
Local planning legislation is different in most areas, but generally, when it comes to entrance doors there are rules about the aesthetic and even the colour. Typically, Article 4 Direction can be invoked by local planning authority to prohibit certain changes that would usually be allowed under the Permitted Development rights (even in a conservation area). Article 4 Directions can be applied to specific houses or groups of houses, for example, houses from number 1-40 on Rose Street have to use the following paint colour.
Most historic entrance doors are wooden and have been manufactured bespoke for each unique door frame. A historic door is unlikely to match generic modern doors, so it is important to consider a bespoke entrance door when replacing entrance doors in conservation areas or on listed buildings.
The Belgravia Entrance Door, part of the IQ Ingresso range, is designed to have both a modern internal finish and a traditional external finish to maintain the traditional aesthetic on the outside of the property while achieving a contemporary design internally. This entrance door is perfectly designed to exactly replicate the existing doors which allow homeowners to benefit from a modern product with the latest security but with the same external design as the surrounding properties.
This entrance door is manufactured completely bespoke to each project including size, frame colour, ironmongery, external finish, internal finish (including material and colour), and the lock operation. The door frame can be designed in a choice of either brushed steel, rusted Corten, burnished brass, RAL 9016 or RAL 9005.
There are several design options for both the internal and external faces of the door that can be completely different from each other. The materials available for the door finishes include a range of quality wood that can be smooth, carved or decorated with a choice of grooves and bevelled edges for a luxurious aesthetic. There is also the Hesla line which is a panel covering including a steel panel stretching across the width of the door for a contemporary style to the interior.
The core of the Belgravia Entrance Door is constructed from a vertical structure Omega, horizontal reinforcing bars, heat barriers, and the cylinder lock. The locking mechanism has an exclusive 3in1 patent that allows the coding of the key to be changed 3 times without having to change the cylinder. The Arckey system within the lock is an access control system, integrated into all the IQ Ingresso entrance doors, and is managed through a smartphone app - so if the homeowner desires, there is no need for keys.
Entrance door locking mechanisms come in many different types and vary in the level of security they provide. A cylinder lock (or euro-cylinder lock) is one of the most secure locks for entrance doors (more secure than a five-level mortice deadlock). A cylinder lock is designed to meet the British Standard TS007:2014.
Multi-point locking systems, like the one in the Belgravia Entrance Door, offer impressive security. The Belgravia Entrance Door has a unique 10-point locking system with shoot bolts on the side as well as the top and bottom.
Exposed hinges can also post a security flaw in that burglars can tap into the hinge pins and lift the door out without having to tamper with the lock. However, with the Belgravia, the hinges are concealed within the door frame which means that they are impossible to access and meddle with.
As part of our service, we can supply detailed CAD drawings, finishes and some samples of ironmongery and finishes (depending on availability) before planning permission is granted.
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