GEZE Slimdrive SC
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Windsor shoppers gain from GEZE´s royal access

The UK's leading manufacturer of door and window control systems, GEZE UK, is improving access for shoppers in Windsor with the installation of contemporary high-specification entrances to the town’s brand new retail complex, King Edward Court.

Completed in November 2007, the mixed-use development features over 7 shops, bars and cafes, including ethical supermarket chain Waitrose, fashion experts Zara and a Travelodge hotel.  All are benefiting from GEZE UK’s installation of seven Slimdrive SL automatic sliding entrances and two Slimdrive SC automatic curved sliding entrances in the elegant glass-dominated centre.

Commanding the whole of the upper level, the Waitrose store takes the largest and most prominent position in the new complex.  The new atrium, linking the car park to the shopping centre and to Waitrose, required a stylish sliding entrance that would accommodate heavy traffic, trolleys and pushchairs without compromising its contemporary double height glass design.

After shopping around, contractors Parry Bowen and John Sisk & Son Ltd decided GEZE’s energy efficient Slimdrive SL, an automatic door operator that blends almost invisibly into the glass door frames and features integrated movement sensors and a fully compliant safety system was the answer.

Quick and easy to install, the Slimdrive SL was also used at the Travelodge and at entrances throughout the centre to maintain the sleek, glass wall effect that the architect envisioned.

The smooth, curved corners of the glass façade required a slightly unusual approach, so Zara and Zest, an upmarket juice bar, with prime positions, benefited from GEZE UK’s versatile Slimdrive SC curved automatic door operator, which can be mounted almost invisibly onto curtain wall transoms and curved-steel sections with bespoke radii and door dimensions.

Richard Dawson, senior site manager at John Sisk & Son Ltd commented: ”The door operators are ideal for the glass entrances in King Edward Court, complementing the contemporary architecture of the building whilst ensuring easy access for shoppers.”

Paul Ryan, operations director at GEZE UK commented: “It was important to specify an easy to use door solution which has the needs of customers in mind, catering for those who struggle operating doors, meets sustainability requirements and also complements the contemporary architecture of the complex.

“The scale of the Waitrose store meant the entrance had to be durable and large enough to facilitate a constant flow of traffic, especially in a retail environment where customers will also be carrying several bags, making the Slimdrive SL the ideal choice.

“The sleek and stylish Slimdrive SC and Slimdrive SL automatic door operators, with an overall height of just 7cm, are perfect for glass fronted developments, successfully complimenting the ultra-modern architecture of King Edward Court, offering total freedom in design whilst providing the latest in assisted access technology.”