High speed shutters for international airport

Heathrow Airport is the UK’s largest and busiest airport connecting the UK to over 80 long haul destinations and flying over 80 million passengers worldwide.

The challenge

Terminal 5 serves around 32 million passengers per year. Hart were asked to design and install a specialist and unique automatic smoke screen system capable of handling over 6000 bags per hour, while providing a 30 minute fire seal. Airport designs have demanding specifications due to the high frequency of pedestrian traffic.

Project / doors required

Hart has installed more than 280 doors across all terminals, including high speed smoke screens, fire conveyor shutters, security shutters, internal and external high speed doors, insulated fast action doors, sectional doors and pedestrian doors.

Project challenges

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High traffic

Capable of continuous operation

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Reliable construction

High quality design with low fault rates

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Advanced specification

Unique technical capabilities

The solution

Hart were the only company to provide a solution that fully met all the design requirements. Two years after the initial talks with the client, Hart successfully completed the manufacture and installation of all of the high speed smoke/fire screens within the main check in area, comprising 102 check in desks. Hart also installed a mixed package of roller shutter and fire doors in the lower ground service area and fire shutters on the Tube access tunnels leading directly to Terminal 5.

The success

The doors are still in operation over 10 years later and have been upgraded to include pin locks for additional safety. Hart have since worked on a number of additional contracts including 43 fire and security roller shutters in the maintenance areas of the terminal building and a number of fire and electric roller shutters to the tunnel area of the terminal. Hart continues to work with contractors and OEM’s such as Vanderlande, Mace and Balfour Beatty on site supplying upgrades and new doors when required.

The review

“This was a very aggressive time-scale and I’m very pleased to say that the team at Hart all pulled together to deliver a truly excellent product and service. Thank you.”

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