Adams Rite for maximum security and safety


Company supplies products for new and unique anti-ligature window system

Adams Rite, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, has supplied products for a new and unique anti-ligature window system developed by Polar NE and Kawneer.

The aluminium window system, designed to meet the needs of NHS mental health facilities, employs the Adams Rite MS2200 maximum-security deadbolt, with a second and third locking point provided by 4022-18 header and threshold bolts.

Having already been specified across a number of NHS trusts across the North East of England, and further locations in Scotland, the AA3110 Healthcare Solution window has proven its design capability in combatting the opportunity for escape and self harm in high-risk wards.

The locking hardware from Adams Rite meets with the demand of maximum security, while avoiding the creation of any protrusions or sharp edges that could be used by the patient for means of escape or self-harm.

John Wilson, managing director for Polar NE, said: “This window system has been three years in its development between Kawneer and ourselves as the supplier and manufacturer. Working in conjunction with specialist ward managers and developing the system further since the first few installations, we now have a window system with proven performance, from ventilation to safety to security.

“Safety and security are clearly crucial elements within mental health applications, and Adams Rite’s maximum security range gave us the confidence that the windows would not present a vulnerability in the building’s shell, but instead would contribute to a welcoming and calming atmosphere, without compromising the staff or patient safety.

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Steve Rigby, national account manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, added: “Having seen rapid uptake within NHS trusts and through NHS contractors, the window has proven its capabilities, supported by Adams Rite’s maximum security products as a crucial performance element.