Chatham Historic Dockyard is a maritime heritage site of international significance. Containing over 100 buildings, mainly built between 1704 and 1855, it was the Navy's pre-eminent ship building and repair yard. No.1 Smithery is a Grade II* listed Scheduled Ancient Monument located within the Chatham Historic Dockyard. Constructed between 1806 and 1808 it was used for the manufacture of anchors and chains playing a vital role in the achievements of the Royal Navy.
A partnership project between the Trustees of Chatham Historic Dockyard, the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum, No.1 Smithery provides dedicated facilities for the Museum's ship models, a Touring Exhibition Gallery, an Orientation Gallery and a thematic display in the Permanent Exhibition Gallery. Visitor numbers are envisaged to rise from 170,000 to more than 200,000 and aid local regeneration.
With many elderly visitors to the museum space, the client was mindful to provide easy access for all. By utilising a variety of automatic door operators for both the internal timber and metal framed glazed door sets, Allgood Trio tailored a solution to address the needs of the visitors. Assisted operators were installed in key areas allowing clients to open doors with a ‘push and go’ function. In addition to this, the operators are set up with a closing delay, providing enough time for users to pass through a door way before the door closes.
In keeping with the aesthetic of the museum, the automatic door operators have been installed discreetly to provide the functionality that the client required, whilst aiding the look and feel of the museum.
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