Published On: Thu, Jan 8th, 2015

YWC Group’s low threshold French Door passes the test for security and accessibility

YWC SBD testingHalo fabricator YWC Group has announced successful BSI testing and accreditation for its mobility threshold Secured by Design French door. The project brought together technically-advanced Halo profile with the input of leading threshold manufacturer Stormguard and global window security experts Avantis Hardware Ltd. to create a doorset that complies with all current BSI criteria while providing unhindered floor-level access – crucial for wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties.

YWC Group Director Kevin Taylor initiated the project which he envisages as one of many collaborative developments between the three respective stakeholders. YWC’s Technical and Quality Manager, Bill Hellewell and Production Manager, Dave Pullen were also instrumental in the venture, from the point of concept through to delivering the final product for BSI testing. The company was confident the door would pass all four tests it was entered for – including PAS 24:2012 Enhanced Security Performance – having administered stringent in-house testing beforehand.

YWC chose Halo’s versatile System 10 profile as the basis for the doorset – a product that is widely used for a range of window and door applications due to its already-impressive thermal insulation, noise reduction and security credentials. The profile features an additional chamber, allowing for galvanised steel inserts to provide extra strength and rigidity, while a secondary seal on the beading offers improved weatherproofing. With a WER ‘A’-rating as standard, the Halo profile was a natural choice for the project.

Colin Torley, Sales and Marketing Director for The VEKA UK Group commented: “We’re delighted that YWC have used Halo profile to such good effect and would like to congratulate them on their impressive technical feat and a very worthwhile achievement to boot.”

Pairing Halo profile with Avantis Hardware Ltd.’s market-leading multi-point lock and Stormguard’s Proline Part M aluminium threshold, YWC Group has orchestrated a formidable package that obviates the compromises traditionally associated with low thresholds.

Kevin Taylor concludes: “With our PVC-U French doors now combining the strengths of Halo’s System 10 profile with Stormguard and Avantis hardware we have a product that maintains YWC’s trademark security and building regulation compliance and offers the peace of mind you’d expect from such a prestigious group of collaborators.

“We intend this project to be the start of series of innovations, next gaining accreditation for a package of composite double doors, and continuing our winning relationship with two great hardware suppliers and Halo; our fantastic systems supplier.

“We’re looking forward to launching the Imagine range of flush French and Bi-Folding Doors as well as a new 70mm double rebated composite door and we’re sure they’ll contribute to the continuing success of our Trade Outlet. After only a year in business it has already achieved sales in excess of £1m, showing just what you can achieve with a brand like Halo behind you.”