Residents’ choice makes ironmongery work

by Francesca

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.

Em-B is a thriving, well-established architectural ironmonger and supplier of door solutions based in Leeds established in 1966. The company regularly win awards for its architectural ironmongery schemes on some of the UK’s most prestigious projects, working for household name architects and clients. Em-B’s success is built on working as a true partner within the construction process from drawing board to installed product and beyond.

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