Fire, Security and Safety

fire safety doorsets

Sentry Doors, a leading supplier of fire safety doors, now offers UKCA accreditation on its entire range of FD30S flush and glazed doorsets. This follows a bi-directional burn test of its double-glazed range, including its double glazed doorsets complete with double glazed and panel sidelight. Having been the first fire door manufacturer to achieve UKCA accreditation to the new standard in January 2022 Sentry is pleased to build on its leading position in fire safety door compliance.

Balcony decking

With remedial works being a constant pressure for property managers, it is essential to understand new materials solutions to ensure the best outcomes. Aluminium decking presents an array of benefits in comparison to more traditional materials, so we spoke to Richard Izzard of AliDeck to find out more about a recent balcony deck replacement project in High Wycombe.

fire door awareness

Howard Trotter, Business Manager of Birmingham-based window and door manufacturer Shelforce, reacts to the news that three quarters of the fire doors inspected in the UK did not meet the required standard.

safety & wellbeing

The Housing Safety & Wellbeing Taskforce with founding member Aico and in conjunction Cebr are launching a seminal piece of research into the human impact of fire and how the different legislations across the four nations impacts the prevalence of fire.


Watford Community Housing has upgraded two of their 16 storey tower blocks to a Grade D, LD1 fire detection system using Aico’s revolutionary technology. Watford Community Housing own and manage over 5,000 homes and are always striving to implement all the necessary measures to keep their tenants safe.

Recently, their Abbey View and Munden View high rise blocks were chosen for mandated safety audits under Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue supervision. After an initial review of their housing stock, they decided to upgrade these buildings’ safety systems, working closely with Aico they began work to install Multi-Sensor fire alarms giving them complete coverage.



British composite doorset and fire doorset specialists Unity Group has capped a £600,000 investment in production equipment and technology with the commissioning of a new machine that has doubled output.

Made in Britain members Unity Group, which comprises Unity Doors and JCK Joinery (a bespoke timber door specialist for more than 150 years), chose a fellow British manufacturer, Stuga Machinery, for its latest investment – Stuga’s best-selling ZX5 sawing and machining centre.

The ZX5 separates the machining and sawing functions, and by running both concurrently, Unity meets its daily requirements in one shift, with time to spare, when previously it was two shifts.


roof terrace

Aluminium has been increasingly recognised as a viable material for construction products over recent years. We spoke with Richard Izzard, manging director of AliDeck, about a recent major roof terrace refurbishment project for Hyde Housing.

With concerns over fire-safety in external wall systems shifting industry towards non-combustible solutions, the benefits of extruded aluminium profiles, such as decking or cladding boards, have answered many of these new challenges.

The benefits of using aluminium products in new-build construction go beyond simple compliance with regulations, though. Its lightweight, cost-effectiveness, striking aesthetics, sustainability and versatility are all key contributing factors to aluminium’s uptake. These benefits, of course, apply for the retrofit and remediation market and aluminium building products are routinely now sought by specifiers in the housing sector.