Managing sports facilities with coded locks U

SING the latest smart, electronic and mechanical locks can help schools manage sports facilities safely. Coded locks can provide appealing, hassle-free access control to swimming pools, sports courts, equipment stores and in changing rooms.

Regular, frequent access to facilities and lockers can easily be arranged for teachers, students and caretakers using codes or cards. For cleaners who require regular temporary access, a time-sensitive code can be issued for use on a certain day, or at specific times of the day.

Outside of school hours, time- or date- sensitive codes are also useful when contractors need access during the summer holidays for routine maintenance. Other advanced features, such as code-free entry, enables open

access periods, convenient for break times, after school clubs, and fire drills. In addition, smart locks have an integrated audit trail facility. By downloading a history of code or card use it is possible to monitor pupil, visitor and staff movements.

Time-limited codes can also enable school premises to generate income, by hiring out facilities such as swimming pools, sports halls and tennis courts. Using time-sensitive codes, independent clubs and sports teams can be issued with codes that allow temporary access on specific dates, times and for set durations. One of the biggest challenges for people in charge of school buildings is the time spent managing and changing access codes on keypad locks. While changing the code on some mechanical locks can be laborious as you have to remove the

lock from the door, electronic locks eliminate this problem by enabling on the door code changes. Smart locks take the level of convenience a step further, with management and operation via smartphones.

Refurbing or upgrading your school’s locks does not have to be done over the holidays along with the majority of other building maintenance, although this is certainly possible. Electronic and smart locks are individually battery-powered rather than part of a complicated wired system. The standalone locks can be fitted during term time with minimal disruption to lessons. Maintenance requirements are limited which makes them a cost-effective option for schools with a restricted budget.

Fibre cement facade for new sports pavilion in Edinburgh


NEW sports pavilion at St George's School for Girls, Edinburgh, has chosen a facade which highlights the texture of the core fibre cement material. The new build facility was designed by local architects DRD Architects and is one of the first projects in Scotland to use EQUITONE [linea] on this scale. Joanna Smith, architect at DRD Architects, said: “Due to the building’s location beside sports pitches, we wanted a high-quality material that was durable and able to withstand all weathers. The school was also very keen on a finish on the building that was as low-maintenance as possible. “These factors led to us choosing EQUITONE for the facade, and we chose EQUITONE [linea] as we particularly liked the way we could create light and shadow


on the facade by rotating the boards in different orientations, allowing the texture of each one to create different light patterns.”

The project used approximately 340m sqm of EQUITONE [linea], and incorporates new changing facilities, ancillary accommodation, and a multi- function meeting and conference facility. Joanna added: “The overall look of the facade is very uniform and precise, yet the patterns the boards form when the light shines on them make each elevation look different and visually interesting.”

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