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Boost in demand for express bespoke fire doors since Grenfell

30 September 2019

Demand for bespoke fire doors offering a higher level of fire protection has increased across the board in the past two years, says Enfield Speciality Doors.

The leading manufacturer of specialist internal doors has seen a rise in enquiries and orders for smaller contracts with shorter delivery times.

“Many more businesses/organisations are looking for 1-20 bespoke fire doors within a 1-2 week lead time,” explains Nigel Sill, Chairman of Enfield Speciality Doors.

“Since Grenfell, everyone has become more aware of their responsibilities in specifying, supplying, fitting, inspecting and maintaining fire protection,” adds Nigel.

“‘Off-the-shelf’ fire doors aren’t suitable for many applications, but our customers say the standard delivery times typically offered on bespoke fire doors by manufacturers are too long.

"We’ve invested a significant amount in our factories so we can service high-volume contracts and smaller express orders for bespoke fire doors, with delivery from 24h upwards.”

Higher level fire doors (eg FD 60 minutes plus) are required for many different projects, from self-builds, private housing or renovations, to multi-use/commercial buildings.

End-clients include student landlords with damaged doors that need replacing immediately, or hotels or offices needing to upgrade a few doors (rather than a whole block).

“We’re also seeing a rise in specifications for acoustic or high security internal doors that require high fire resistance too,” adds Nigel, “including music studios, conference rooms, clinics, cinemas or swimming pools.”

Enfield Speciality Doors is one of the few manufacturers in the country that can supply acoustic doors with high fire resistance (FD30 doors with up to 48dB acoustic performance or FD60 doors with up to 41dB, with a multitude in between).

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