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  1. Kate Donkin
    Case Studies
    Date: March 2021Project: Self Build Bungalow in County Wicklow, IrelandProducts: SiennaP C Henderson’s Sienna sliding door system has recently been specified for a stunning self-build project in the beautiful countryside of Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.Looking to build their dream family home, Fáinche and Donnchadh Murphy were delighted when they came across the perfect site situated in the Co. Wicklow countryside surrounded by stunning mountain views.Planning the design of the 3 bed bungalow themselves, the couple’s main goal was to create a large open plan living area for the family to enjoy. To ensure flexibility of living, the couple opted for double glazed sliding doors to separate the living area from the bedroom block – vaulted ceilings were also included in the design to enhance the space even further.
  2. Kate Donkin
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    Date: November 2019Project: National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) Shanghai, ChinaProducts: Husky Sliding, Husky Telescopic and Straight SlidingLocation: Our sliding door hardware has recently been specified for a luxury hotel built within Shanghai’s new National Exhibition and Convention Centre (NECC) in China.Built in 2019, the Intercontinental Shanghai Hongqiao NECC features 536 rooms across 10 floors and is the only hotel to be located within the NECC. The hotel boasts many luxurious features including a fitness spa and wellness centre, a grand ballroom and a signature restaurant which offers an array of international cuisines.
  3. Stephanie Lee
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    As an established exporter - and with the backing of a strong network of specialist distributors - P C Henderson operates in over 70 countries worldwide.Our breadth of product also range means that our systems go into a wide range of applications including – homes, hotels, offices, restaurants, warehouses, agricultural buildings and more.Take a look at this short video to see how our hardware is used around the world #hendersonaroundtheworld
  4. Stephanie Lee
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    Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been specified for a state of the art hospital build in Breda, Holland.Covering 128,000 square metres, the new ultra-modern Amphia Hospital was officially opened in November 2019. The design brief focused on creating a new world of medical care – aiming for increased one to one patient contact, shorter waiting times, the highest level of health care and a peaceful and comfortable environment.A key component in achieving this was the design layout of 514 private luxury rooms with adjoining bathrooms. The contactor wanted to ensure ease of movement around the room - as well as enhanced privacy and comfort. A key solution in achieving this was through the specification of a sliding door system to separate the main room from the bathroom. P C Henderson’s Sirocco system was identified as the best solution for the project.Rene van den Biggelaar, Business Unit Manager at P C Henderson Holland, commented “Our Sirocco sliding door system is extremely popular in healthcare applications due to its integrated hydraulic self-closing feature which ensures the door always comes to a safe and gentle close”.In order to ensure a system that worked well for both patients and staff – a test room was set up during the build which was used for a number of months. This provided valuable feedback which led to some further customization of the product to ensure the best user experience.“The contractor required a system which could work with a 1.35m wide door - ensuring that even a hospital bed could be maneuvered through into the bathroom if required. We achieved this by manufacturing a custom made 2850mm length of track to replace the systems usual 2200mm track. We also designed a custom made stop which would allow the door to be held open half way across the opening - when only a small walk way was required”, continued Rene.
  5. Stephanie Lee
    Case Studies
    Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has recently donated materials to help with the rebuild of a primary school in Nepal after it was left devastated by an earthquake in 2015.Situated on a picturesque mountainside, the village of San Bhorle was left in ruins when the 7.8Mw earthquake hit, levelling every one of its 43 houses and primary school. All but one resident survived, but the community was left to rebuild their lives with no materials, tools or machinery.Learning Planet, a charity which helps remote communities design, finance and construct new schools, stepped in to help. As the only communal building in the village - and the only one which would have permanent power and internet access - the local community required a school building which could also be used for other events such as village meetings and celebrations.In order to achieve this level of flexibility, large bi-folding doors were needed in the centre of the building. This would allow the area to be used as a classroom when closed off or put to other uses when opened up. A folding partition wall was also to be installed in one of the classrooms, allowing teachers to create a private office space when necessary.Justin Wickham, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Learning Planet, commented “I was looking for a really solid system which would work faultlessly in a very remote location, for years, with minimal maintenance. After some research, I got in touch with the team at P C Henderson. I was really moved when they offered to donate all of the hardware free of charge. It was extremely heartening to get such a positive response”.P C Henderson’s Securefold folding door hardware system was identified as the best solution for the project. Carrying ten solid hardwood doors measuring 225cm high x 50cm wide - it was important that the system could comfortably cope with a heavy load - whilst still allowing for effortless and safe opening by adults and children.
  6. Kate Donkin
    Case Studies
    Location P C Henderson has recently been specified for a new build project at the UKs longest heritage railway, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway.RequirementsAs the oldest independent railway in the world, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway is a major tourist attraction - taking passengers on a scenic 40 mile journey through the hills between Blaenau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog harbour and Caernarfon.Boston Lodge Works is the railway’s main workshop and base for the daily train service. With over 55 carriages in service, the station required a storage facility which could house up to 30 carriages whilst also providing shelter for train cleaning and preparation which could be done away from the public eye. The project brief included the need for a robust entrance solution which could provide easy accessibility to the shed.Ian Hartill, Project Engineer at Ffestiniog Railway, commented “The original brief detailed the use of traditional outward opening hinge doors which we have used in previous projects. However, due to the coastal location of the building and the possibility of strong winds, this option was not possible. As a more suitable alternative, we found P C Henderson’s Tangent Round the Corner which could comfortably hold the large custom made doors”.
  7. Kate Donkin
    Case Studies
    P C Henderson’s Rustic 100 sliding barn door hardware has recently featured in UK series, DIY SOS: The Big Build.Running for over 20 years, the award winning BBC One series aims to help support deserving families by transforming their homes with the help of local tradesman and suppliers who volunteer their time and materials to support the renovation.In 2018, P C Henderson donated three Rustic 100 kits to a life changing project for Chris and Tara Morfey and their five children who live in Plymouth. The episode, which aired late last year, aimed to provide a disabled friendly, lifelong family home for Ben and Josh, the two eldest sons of the family, who both have cerebral palsy.After struggling in their original multi-levelled home – and with insufficient funds to make it disabled friendly – the family bought an old wrought iron forge which was in need of renovation. The family started work on the renovation but unfortunately the couple’s daughter, Yazz, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and so they were forced to place the renovation on hold.One year later and the house was still unbuilt –  with no hot water, heating, kitchen or a suitable living space meaning their severely disabled son Ben was living in residential care and Yazz was receiving her life saving treatment miles away from the family home. Not only that but the couples youngest son, Vinny, had developed a heart murmur from the stress of being separated from his mum and living in a building site.In order to provide both Ben and Josh with as much independence as possible, the DIY SOS team stepped in to convert the forge into an open plan kitchen, living room and medical storage area. To allow for extra space, our Rustic 100 kits were installed in the bedrooms and the entrance to the utility room.
  8. Stephanie Lee
    Case Studies
    P C Henderson’s sliding door hardware has been specified for the world’s first underwater quarry hotel located in Songjiang Shanghai, China. The Intercontinental Hotel Shanghai Wonderland, which was opened in October 2018, is being hailed as a modern architectural wonder of the world. Built onto the side of a 289 foot deep, water filled quarry, the five star luxury hotel took ten years to build and boasts 337 rooms across 18 floors, 16 of which are technically below ground and two underwater.The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, or deep pit hotel as it is often known, has been built in a way that pushes the limits of interior design. A system was required which could help to create a number of open plan bedroom and bathroom designs. Open plan rooms are an increasingly popular trend within the luxury hotel market - as developers aim to create a unique and modern living experience which visitors are unable to achieve at home.P C Henderson’s Husky Telescopic system was specified for 314 of the rooms in order to create two large movable walls between the bathroom and bedroom. The telescopic formation of the doors allows for a modern, open plan design whilst still ensuring that the bathroom can be completely closed off when privacy is required. P C Henderson’s Husky Simultaneous Action kit was also specified for 44 of the rooms which required bi-parting doors in order to separate two rooms.A number of the hotel rooms also include a cavity wall for one of the movable walls to slide into meaning the doors are completely hidden from view – further complementing the openplan, minimalist design.Designed by British design firm Atkins – the company behind the famous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai – the state of the art hotel is part of a new wave of ambitious architectural projects being carried out in China due to an increase in economic growth.
  9. Stephanie Lee
    Case Studies
    Indonesia based sliding and folding door hardware provider – P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri – has recently specified P C Henderson for a sliding door hardware project at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali. The Taman Gita Restaurant, based within the hotel, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project which has given the restaurant a completely new look. The restaurant reopened its famous doors last year and now features an elegant, contemporary interior - accented with Balinese ornaments, high ceilings and monumental pillars.Roda worked with interior design and consultancy businesses - Arcadis and PT. Caturgriya Naradipa -- to specify a sliding door system which could hold two large partition doors separating the dining area of the restaurant from the open plan kitchen. Measuring the full ceiling height of 5.4m, with a width of 1.4m the doors were extremely heavy - weighing approximately 230kg each. A system was required which could comfortably hold such large and heavy doors whilst also ensuring a smooth and effortless operation.  P C Henderson’s Soltaire 250 sliding door hardware was specified as the best system for the project. With a maximum capacity of 250kg, the system comfortably supports the weight of the doors and utilises its low friction technology to provide a smooth fingertip operation. Components from P C Henderson’s Telescopic system were also applied - allowing the two doors to traverse in a telescopic motion in front of a fixed panel.The restaurant make over is part of a much wider refurbishment project, P C Henderson’s Husky sliding door hardware was also specified for 300 plus hotel rooms at the resort.[video width="848" height="480" mp4="https://www.pchenderson.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/f8279580-73e6-489f-960b-cae859b2e592.mp4"][/video]
  10. Stephanie Lee
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    More Handles, a distributor of P C Henderson, recently specified an Evolve automated sliding door system in order to future proof a four bedroom, residential property in Kendal, Cumbria.The retired home owners required a sun room to be built onto the rear of the property as a room to relax in and enjoy the outdoor views of the garden. To complement the room further, the couple wanted to connect it to the existing lounge via large automated bi-parting doors – allowing the two rooms to be opened up as one when required. Utilising an automated system assured the couple of easy mobility around the home should this be required in the future.Steve Scott, Branch Manager at More Handles in Kendal commented, “The project brief specified double glazed oak doors in order to prevent any heat escaping and let natural light flow through to the lounge when closed. With a large opening of 1800mm x 2100mm, the doors were extremely heavy at 68kg each. An automated system which could comfortably cope with the weight of the doors was required – when we spotted P C Henderson’s Evolve system, we knew it was the right product for the job”.Catering for doors weighing up to 80kg each, two individual Evolve systems were specified in order to work together to create a bi-parting system.Philip Jones, UK Business Development Manager at P C Henderson commented, “Due to the weight of the doors, the system required a bespoke solution of two motors working together to move the doors in a simultaneous action. The P C Henderson technical team worked with the building contractor to come up with the best solution – which included a slave switch operating two master switches so that the doors operated and worked together effectively”.With no bottom channel, the new system provides a completely clear walkway for the residents of the property with the automation feature providing peace of mind should circumstances change in the future.
  11. Kate Donkin
    Case Studies
    Date: May 2019Project: Unique Boathouse Project, DevonProducts: Straight Sliding 301LocationLondon based architectural practice, Wimshurst Pelleriti, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 301 industrial door hardware for a unique Boathouse project on the River Yealm in Devon.
  12. Kate Donkin
    Case Studies
    Date: April 2019Project: Luxury Villa Rennovation in Veluwezoom Nature Reserve, HollandProducts: Husky Sliding 100LocationBloot Architecture, a concept-driven architectural practice located in the Netherlands, has recently specified P C Henderson’s popular Husky 100 sliding door system for the renovation of a luxury villa in Velp.Requirements
  13. Kate Donkin
    Case Studies
    Date: November 2018Project: Home Renovation of Modern PropertyProducts: Securefold 100 Exterior Folding Door HardwareLocationMeca Welding, a small family run Blacksmith company based in Belgium, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Securefold folding door hardware for the renovation of a pool house at a residential property in Shilde, Belgium.Requirements
  14. Stephanie Lee
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    P C Henderson has recently joined forces with Architectural Ironmonger, SDS London, to donate some automated sliding door hardware for an Annex being built by 28 year old Sam Robinson who is living with Motor Neurone Disease.Diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 19, the disease has caused a lot of damage to Sam’s core muscles and nervous system which has resulted in him needing daily care. As a young adult, Sam wanted to gain some independence from his parents - so the idea of an Annex being built onto their home in Milton Keynes was raised. This was deemed the perfect solution as it would provide Sam with some much needed independence whilst also ensuring that his parents were close by to take care of his daily needs.With the help of a facilities grant from Milton Keynes Council the family got to work on plans for the extension. A key objective of the build was to create as much of a seamless and automated living experience as possible. Sam’s Father - Dave Robinson - contacted SDS London, a distributor of P C Henderson, to ask if the company could be of any assistance. The two companies pulled together to donate two Evolve automated sliding door hardware kits to be used on the bedroom and bathroom doors of the Annex.Sam commented, “I use a walking frame for mobility around the home so I was keen to include sliding doors rather than swing doors when building the Annex. I’m really pleased with the end result, they’re so much easier to maneuver through – particularly as they are automated. P C Henderson was kind enough to also donate two remote controls to operate the doors. I’m also working on using my Amazon Alexa to open them up via voice command”.The automated sliding doors are just one of many features in the Annex designed to enhance Sam’s independence and quality of life. When the sliding doors open, the bathroom lights are triggered to come on - which were donated by Philips Hue and the sensor by Z-Wave. An automatic toilet with a vertical riser was donated by Total Hygiene, a remote shower system by Aqualisa Q as well as a full body warm air drying system by Apres Body Dryer – providing Sam with a fully automated bathroom experience.
  15. Kate Donkin
    Case Studies
    Date: July 2018Project: Home Renovation of Period PropertyProducts: Rustic 80LocationReece Hall and Zoë Wood were delighted to be able to buy their first home together in the Kent countryside back in June 2017. Built in the early 1900’s, the 2 bedroom, semi-detached cottage was full of character but required a much needed renovation to help restore the property to its former glory.The 11 month renovation included a complete rewire, full house re-plaster, a full damp-proof course, new heating and plumbing system and a new kitchen and bathroom. The couple also required some sliding door hardware for the properties bedroom and bathroom doors.
  16. Kate Donkin
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    Date: July 2018Project: Room Divider in Residential ProjectProducts: RoomflexLocation Prehung Doors Ltd, based in London, specialise in the supply and installation of internal doors that are supplied with pre hung door hardware to allow for maximum precision during installation. The company provides standard and bespoke door sizes for those that need them, as well as hinged, pocket, sliding and folding doors – all made to measure in the companies UK factory.The company has recently specified P C Henderson’s Roomflex folding door hardware to create a room divider for two residential project’s in London.
  17. Stephanie Lee
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    Date: April 2018Project: Integrated Library and Display Unit with Incorporated Sliding Door MechanismProducts: Husky 100LocationRalpine Design - based in Geneva, Switzerland – is a modern design company which specialises in the design and construction of made to measure pieces of furniture, beautiful storage solutions, unique internal architecture elements as well as complex renovation projects.  The company has recently specified P C Henderson’s Husky 100 sliding door hardware for an integrated library and display cabinet for a residential project.Requirements
  18. Kate Donkin
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    P C Henderson has recently donated three of our Rustic 80 sliding barn door hardware kits to the award winning BBC One series ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’ in a family home renovation.Running for 18 years and attracting viewers of up to 5 million per episode, DIY SOS is the BBC’s flagship home renovation programme. The BAFTA nominated series aims to provide help and support to transform the lives of truly deserving families.We donated our products to the series’ most recent renovation which was a life changing project for Chris and Tara Morfey and their five children who live in Plymouth. The two eldest sons of the family, Ben and Josh, both have cerebral palsy and so the project aim was to provide the family with a disabled friendly, lifelong family home.After struggling in their original multi-levelled home – and with insufficient funds to make it disabled friendly - the family bought an old wrought iron forge which was in need of renovation. The family started work on the renovation but unfortunately last year the couple’s daughter, Yazz, was diagnosed with Leukemia and so they were forced to place the renovation on hold.A year later and the house was still unbuilt -  with no hot water, heating, kitchen or a suitable living space meaning their severely disabled son Ben was living in residential care and Yazz  receiving her life saving treatment miles away from the family home. Not only that but the couples youngest son, Vinny, had developed a heart murmur from the stress of being separated from his mum and living in a building site.DIY SOS stepped in to convert the forge, originally built in the 1700s, into an open plan kitchen, living zone and medical storage area. The project aim was provide the couples disabled boys with as much independence as possible as well as a safe space for Yazz to recover from Cancer.
  19. Stephanie Lee
    Case Studies
    P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 307 door hardware has been specified for the main access door to an elephant house at Skandavale Monastery in Carmarthen, Wales.The monastery, which is home to a resident community of 25 monks and nuns, welcomes over 90,000 pilgrims to worship in its three multi-faith temples each year. As well as its temples, the monastery is also home to an onsite hospice and animal sanctuary.The most famous resident of the monastery’s animal sanctuary is Valli, a three tonne Sri Lankan elephant who resides in an enormous purpose built elephant house. Built just five years ago, the elephant house features heated walls, sandpits, a waterfall, plunge pool as well as a large sliding access door, measuring 3.9m x 3.2m, which Valli opens herself.After just five years the original sliding door hardware (not manufactured by P C Henderson) was unable to cope with the force in which Valli uses her trunk and head to open the door and so the track collapsed, meaning a replacement was needed.Brother Stephan, who resides at Skandavale, contacted P C Henderson to specify a track which would be robust and hard wearing enough to cope with Valli’s strength. The door itself weighs 500kg but due to the extra force being used, our Straight Sliding 307 system was specified, which can cater for doors weighing up to 2000kg.
  20. Stephanie Lee
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    On a recent trip to ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ at Warner Bros Studios in London, our IT Manager, Alex, spotted a little bit of Henderson history.4 Privet Drive, which was home to the Dursely family and the home where Harry Potter lived in the cupboard under the stairs, appears to have a Henderson garage door!The studio home, which was used for six out of the seven films, was built after an actual home was used in the first film – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Film makers realised it would be impractical to do this for future films and so a section of Privet Drive was built at the Warner Bros Studio in London, which is where the Henderson door is featured.P C Henderson brought garage doors to the market in the 1950s and very quickly became one of the leading and trusted brands in the garage door industry. By the 1960s P C Henderson had supplied approximately fifty percent of all garage doors fitted in the UK.Great to see the Henderson brand at the Dursley residence (we wonder if that's where Harry parked his Nimbus 2000?)!
  21. Stephanie Lee
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    P C Henderson has received a number of enquiries recently from customers carrying out impressive restoration projects using some of our original systems which date back almost a century.Manufactured in 1923, just two years after the company was founded, Tangent Round the Corner grew to be a flagship product for P C Henderson in the 1920’s. The product became so successful that it was the driving force behind the expansion of our overhead runways and sliding door gear. It was also the name behind our first purchased premises in 1924 – ‘Tangent Works’.Homeowner, Paul Whitcomb, recently approached us having purchased an original set of P C Henderson’s Tangent Round the Corner hardware from eBay. Paul required a number of additional components in order to finish his project including a channel, roller guide bolt, bow handle and steel guide channel.Paul commented, “I needed a Round the Corner set of garage doors for a very low roof height garage and so I picked up a second hand vintage set of doors complete with P C Henderson Tangent fittings from eBay. The kit is quite some age but the build quality is so good that with a wire brush clean up I managed to recycle almost all of the kit as it is.  I needed a few spare components which P C Henderson were extremely helpful with”.Paul got in touch again recently to show us the finished product which we were extremely impressed with. It’s great to see one of our original products restored back to its former glory.
  22. Stephanie Lee
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    P C Henderson’s flagship product - Securefold folding door hardware – has been used in an unusual way on a recent episode of Channel 4’s Grand Designs.The episode followed Saffron and Fred, a couple who embarked on constructing an ambitious eco-friendly house on a 30 degree slope in the Peak District. A main objective of the build was to construct a property that required no heating and therefore no heating bills. To achieve this goal the couple used concrete as a main building material and constructed a concrete frame into the limestone wall.  P C Henderson’s Securefold was then used with insulated panels to create a thermal curtain to help retain the heat stored in the concrete frame.Although concrete is not known as an environmentally friendly material; its ability to store heat is well documented. By utilising the heat from the sun during the day, the concrete is warmed to provide a source of warmth during the evening. By doing this the couple were able to offset their carbon footprint in approximately 10 years as they no longer required a conventional heating system reliant on the use of fossil fuels.The building was designed with many large windows to allow an unobstructed view across the hills, however this came at a cost as it is estimated that 25% of a buildings heat is lost through the windows.Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director for P C Henderson was impressed with the unusual use of the product. He comments:“Using Securefold with insulated panels to create a thermal curtain is an interesting and forward thinking method of heating the home. We have experience of this on a commercial level in the hospitality sector with buildings that have been designed to meet the stringent LEED certification but this is the first time I have seen it used in a residential setting.”
  23. Stephanie Lee
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    Road and Roof Construction Company (RRCC), a prime contractor for US Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Sterling 8000 industrial sliding door hardware for the repair of an aircraft hangar at Kandahar International Airport, Afghanistan.Serving as the country’s second largest international airport and home to one of its largest military bases (Kandahar Airfield) the airport is capable of housing up to 250 aircraft at any one time. The project brief required repair and restoration of the door system at Hangar 530, bringing it back to its fully functioning condition. Hangar 530 is one of the busiest and largest hangars at the base and features a huge work shop with a total area of 2016m² for the repair of combat helicopters and aircraft. M. Khalid Hanifi, Procurement and Logistics Manager at RRCC, commented “The existing hardware was damaged due to poor quality and not being able to cope with the weight of the doors – each shutter of the door weighs more than 3 tonnes. We needed a high quality, heavy duty system that could comfortably cope with the high demands of Hangar 530. P C Henderson’s Sterling 8000 sliding door hardware was quickly identified as the best solution”.In total, 16 Sterling 8000 products were used including 32 top guide rollers to cater for the eight leaves of the Hangar door. The requirements of the project demanded that the top guide rollers were horizontal, each with a single or double steel roller, of suitable diameter and thickness, for optimum performance under the designated load conditions. It was also important that the product had permanently lubricated bearings, was made out of stainless steel and could easily be removed for cleaning to keep the product in optimum condition. After technical approval by US Army Corps of Engineers, it was recognised that Sterling 8000 met these project requirements exactly.“Gaining the confidence of our clients in the products that we specify is very important for us. At first glance of viewing the product data for the Sterling 8000, our client accepted and approved the proposal. They were assured in an instant that Sterling 8000 was the most suitable option for a smooth and long operation at the military base. The online product data provided by P C Henderson was very straight forward and easy to understand, it was quick for us to see that the product would meet the requirements of this project”, continued M. Khalid.Sterling 8000 makes up part of P C Henderson’s industrial range of sliding door hardware. The product caters for bottom rolling doors weighing up to a maximum of 8000kg and is perfect for heavy weight applications on single or multiple lines of track.
  24. Stephanie Lee
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    Award winning architectural practice, NVB Architects worked closely with Spiller Architectural Ironmongery to specify P C Henderson’s Stainless Steel 301 sliding door hardware for a popular visitors centre based at Chesil Beach, Dorset.Stretching 18 miles along the South coast of England, Chesil Beach lies at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, which is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site.Built to raise awareness of the unique and sensitive nature of the beach, the visitors centre is a knowledge hub where people can learn more about the beach, as well as a space for educational visits by schools and tours.When the decision was made to expand the original building, the project brief demanded a low impact building that would be in keeping with the extremely sensitive ecological location - whilst also meeting budgetary constraints. A strong emphasis was placed on utilising durable, naturally finished materials that would require minimal maintenance. Along with this, the centre is heated via ground source heat pumps and there was also a stipulation for the use of locally sourced sustainable construction products, which could endure the hostile coastal climate.Specified and supplied by Spiller Architectural Ironmongery, P C Henderson’s Stainless Steel 301 sliding door hardware was identified as the best solution to effectively move the external stainless steel and timber shutters covering each of the centre’s window and door openings. The shutters were a key part of the build as they ensure that the building is protected from winter storms, particularly as waves can quite often break over the roof of the building. A number of the new centre’s windows are extremely large, so another important necessity was to install hardware robust enough to carry and slide the huge, heavy shutters, but be light enough for the volunteers working at the centre to open and close effortlessly. Due to the system being manufactured out of 304(A2) grade stainless steel, the hardware also offers the highest levels of corrosion resistance, ideal for this coastal location. James McGillivray, Director at NVB Architects, commented: “P C Henderson’s Stainless Steel 301 hardware was the only system we found to have the duty and grade of stainless steel capable to cope with the weight of the shutters and the aggressively corrosive coastal environment.
  25. Stephanie Lee
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    The Four Seasons in Tianjin, China is a 45 storey, 259 room hotel in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. Currently the tallest building in the metropolis, the high-end hotel is the first skyscraper in Tianjin to achieve LEED Gold certification for its extensive use of sustainable building products and construction methods.A range of P C Henderson’s sliding and folding door hardware products were recently specified by the project’s Architectural Hardware Consultant to meet bespoke design needs. The main requirements were for large, heavy doors that offered a distinctive grandeur, while portraying the luxurious look and feel desired by the enduser.It was also important that the chosen hardware could cover a variety of sizeable apertures for different uses within the large development. This included conference rooms, a signature Italian restaurant, mock up rooms for Four Seasons’ branded residences, a grand ballroom and also in the hotel’s lavish 3,434 sq. ft. Presidential Suite. The Presidential Suite is designed with many large openings to provide guests with expansive city views from the highest floors, as well as to create flexible and abundant spaces for entertaining.A total of 31 Flexirol Straight Sliding systems were installed as room dividers in the Presidential Suite and as sliding doors in the hotel’s conference rooms. Our Soltaire 120 hardware was employed in the grand ballroom, with 2 sets of our popular Securefold 150 folding door systems fitted in the hotel’s Italian
  26. Stephanie Lee
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    P C Henderson provided its Pocket Door Kit to create a space saving bathroom door and it’s Low Headroom Kit to move the doors of built-in wardrobes, created for the Bull family in Rednal, Birmingham. The hardware was ideal for the project as it helped to create additional storage space and maximise the floor area in the room.The renovation was part of a life changing transformation to the family home which required better access into the house and out to the garden. The house also needed the internal doors widening and generally more space and storage.In Manchester, Henderson’s Soltaire 120 sliding door hardware was supplied to Canada and New Street residents and veterans as part of BBC One special programmes 'DIY SOS: The Big Build, Veteran’s Special.” The hardware was used in house B - the offices - to create built-in cupboard doors to maximise storage space as the room did not have enough corridor space to allow for doors.The show’s most ambitious project saw the entire Canada and New Street in Manchester transformed to provide the basis of a new community.  The DIY SOS team completely renovated and reconfigured 7 derelict houses into 3 new homes and established a new training centre alongside the development for the retraining of wounded soldiers in the trades. In addition, all 62 properties in the street were given a face lift to improve the lives of the current tenants and owners.
  27. Stephanie Lee
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    One of the most spectacular and innovative Disney theme parks in history, Shanghai Disneyland, has specified P C Henderson’s Straight Sliding 307 hardware for the installation of two large gates in its water park. The 963-acre Shanghai Disney Resort features a lofty 196-foot-tall castle, rides and hotels. The resort cost $5.5 billion to build and opened to the public on 16th June 2016.Our Straight Sliding 307 hardware, comprising tracks and hangers, was specified for its unique product capacity of 2000kg. The architectural hardware consultant working on the Shanghai Disneyland project required sliding gear that was capable of moving two large gates with a weight of around 3500kg.We worked closely with the fabricator to come up with a solution to meet the weight capacity of the large gates and were able to find a solution by merging four hangers into one to carry the gates effortlessly.  Due to their large size, the fabricator installed the 307 sliding hardware together with the gates on-site, utilising 11 tracks, 18 hangers, 60 brackets and 10 stops. The system is versatile and designed to cover any width of opening, with any number of gates or doors used on single or multiple lines of track. Straight Sliding 307 is suitable for timber or metal doors and gates and offers a large range of benefits and options. Each system is individually specified from the large selection of components in the product range such as hangers, brackets, guides and channels to ensure that the most suitable hardware is selected for each individual project.
  28. Stephanie Lee
    Case Studies
    Our Multidirectional hardware has recently been used as part of a renovation in De Maria Restaurant, Madrid. Local refurbishment experts, House Mobel Decoracion, took full advantage of the hardware in order to best meet the restaurant owner’s demand for aesthetic and practical appeal.The project brief demanded a cost effective, flexible and adaptable solution to effectively divide the restaurant floor area - creating two zones within the large space. The solution involved a moving wall being installed into the middle of the saloon using timber doors to match the restaurant’s interior design when closed, whilst also discreetly stacking to the side of the opening when not in use. The second partition utilised timber framed glazed doors to separate another space while taking advantage of natural light during the day.Mark Wilson, our Export Director at P C Henderson commented “The client wanted a solution that would enable the efficient use of the restaurant floor space, making it bigger or smaller depending on the amount of guests. Having previously worked with us, the designer and installer at House Mobel Decoración chose the Flexirol 900 Multidirectional hardware system for its high quality components and proven reliability.”“When fully open, the stacking formation provided by the system allows the doors to be stored clear of the aperture, maintaining a homogenous look throughout the restaurant as desired by the client.”In the hospitality sector, venues such as restaurants can use our Flexirol Multidirectional hardware to provide customers with unique experiences. When specified alongside insulated doors to create a moving wall, the system could be used to temper external noise from other parts of the venue to form intimate and secluded areas which are ideal for private events. In a competitive hospitality market, such a feature can be a differentiator, adding a new dimension to service provision which could benefit the bottom line.