Home to a new exhibition that tells the story of the historic Chatham Dockyard, the Command of the Oceans project combines the conservation and repurposing of an historic building with contemporary design. dormakaba’s sliding and swing door products were specified for this project, to provide a visually appealing, comprehensive system suited to its design.
Designed by Baynes and Mitchell Architects, the Command of the Oceans was recently awarded ‘South Honours Project of the Year’ at the RICS South East regional awards. The new museum celebrates naval heritage and was commended for its design, combining buildings of historical importance with a bold, modern aesthetic.
Reflecting the industrial language of the existing dockyard, black metal, black limestone, board-marked concrete and composite timber were used throughout the project. The fine framed profile of the dormakaba ST Flex single sliding doors were chosen to complement the aesthetic. Thanks to its low profile width, the ST Flex automatic sliding door is said to be versatile and allows plenty of light penetration.
The project also features dormakaba ED250A single swing doors. The aluminium framed doors feature multiple activation options via radar, push pad or access control, whilst reportedly offering an easily accessible and durable solution for high traffic areas as visitors enter the museum.
After its success at the RICS South East regional awards, Command of the Oceans will compete to be overall category winner and Project of the Year 2018 at the RICS Awards 2018 Grand Final held in November.