3rd March 2021

Allgood’s Contego™ products further extend defences against infection (including COVID-19) with an expanded range

Allgood, the leading UK architectural ironmonger, has expanded its antimicrobial copper alloy range – Contego™.  The fully-coordinated hardware collection – proven to kill COVID-19 in minutes, as well as 99.9% of all viruses and bacteria – now includes new options for levers, pull handles, WC turns and other tactile items using designs from its popular Mode and Modric ranges.

Contego is a vital first defence in tackling the spread of infection in any building and workplace.   Already installed in healthcare environments across the world, including several of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) facilities such as Great Ormond Street Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital in London, The Francis Crick Institute, and the Al Jalila Foundation in the UAE, the new, improved range is responding to accelerating demand from non-healthcare sectors for further products.

Contego Lever Handle

Contego WC Turn

Contego Pull Handle

With the UK Government confirming the steps out of lockdown, architects and building managers are increasingly thinking about the health risks associated with the workplace and other public spaces.  Alongside established COVID-secure measures of social distancing, regular cleaning, and personal hygiene, the building itself has an important role to play in reducing transmission.

With the World Health Organisation stating 80% of infections are transmitted by touch, it is important to develop strategies to cut this to a minimum. One way is to introduce as many contactless access points as possible using automated, touch-free solutions for infection hotspots to help staff and visitors move around a building safely. Where this is not possible for practical or cost reasons, Contego provides a major defence in tackling the transmission of viruses and bacteria.  Developed and manufactured in Allgood’s dedicated facility in Birmingham since 2010, the range has been installed worldwide.

Contego Infographic



There is no better material for antimicrobial door hardware than copper: 

  • It is the only touch material proven to perform in normal indoor environments
  • It never wears out and offers 24/7 protection
  • It is recognised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK for its pathogen-killing performance
  • Its antimicrobial performance is proven in over 200 scientific studies

Contego Lever Handle

Alistair Higgins, Chief Executive of Allgood commented: “As we return to our workplaces and public spaces, tackling the risk of transmission within our buildings is of paramount importance.  The pandemic has seen a number of new building products launched that promise to make people safer by killing COVID-19. Some of these products, like Contego, do so. Many do not. It is vital that evidence is provided to prove that a product has antimicrobial performance in typical indoor conditions.

Contego is supported by over 200 independent scientific studies in laboratories and the field, unequivocally proving copper kills 99.9% of infections in minutes, including COVID-19. There is no equivalent body of evidence for any other touch material.

Contego has been part of our portfolio for over a decade and has been installed in prestigious healthcare and scientific projects across the world.  To meet growing demand, we have now expanded the range to offer more solutions to other sectors.”