ACCESS FOR BMA Artic has recently completed an upgrade to the existing doors at The British Medical Association (BMA) to improve access for people with disabilities.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) ensures that people with disabilities are able to use historic buildings and sites which are open to the public in the same way as everyone else. The Equality Act 2010 imposes legal requirements that all buildings are to have disabled access where practically possible. This can pose challenges to the owners and managers of historic buildings.

The BMA are in a Grade II listed building, steeped in history and architectural beauty. It was important to adapt and preserve the existing doors to make them accessible to disabled people as part of the improvements within the building.

Despite a slew of recent upgrades including high tech facilities, the buildings retained their original features and it was important to


THE COUNTRY TNA Building Services, a specialist provider of building maintenance services to block management companies, has opened further offices across Manchester and Birmingham.

The strategy comes as it the company moves its London head office to a new purpose-built unit in Dagenham.

This expansion enables TNA to service the needs of its clients, many of whom have developments across the country and sometimes struggle to find reliable contractors who can work across their portfolios. TNA only use directly employed skilled tradespeople across all trades including plumbing, heating, electrical, carpentry, roofing, painting and decorating and groundworks.


were able to have the required modifications to allow automatic door entry. Some of doors required a fully automatic access system whereas some of the doors required a push button access system.

The work was completed outside of normal working hours to ensure no disruptions to the working day at BMA. Each door entry system required an independent power supply sourced from the most practical distribution board. This would give Artic the required power and isolation for each of the door entry systems which comprised of record operators, silver push arms, silver push buttons, monitor Optex safety sensors, eagle activation and an LED display programmer controller.

continue in this spirit throughout the project. With consideration and attention to detail, Artic were able to improve access without detrimental effect on the special character of the doors and corridors.

Following a site survey, Artic established that the selected doors

On successful completion of the works each of the systems installed were tested and commissioned in line the manufacturers requirements to guarantee correct operation. A full demonstration was given to the building facilities team to ensure complete satisfaction in the works.

Paul Budgen, TNA Operations Director, commented: “This expansion follows a continued period of steady growth within the company and puts the company in an excellent position to

work with our clients supporting them as they themselves grow, we all look forward to the new opportunities that this growth creates.”

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