As part of a significant redevelopment programme, Tormax has installed a contemporary, three-wing automatic revolving door to the refurbished reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa, Chester. Providing an access solution that blends seamlessly with the original 18th Century Manor House and the modern 79-bedroom extension wing, the revolving door is powered by the Tormax 5201 operator, ensuring ongoing safe and reliable access, even on the busiest of days. For a comprehensive solution, a Tormax 1201 automatic swing door was installed to one side.
“A Tormax revolving entrance combines timeless elegance with a technologically advanced door drive, that delivers ongoing reliability long into the future,” said Simon Roberts, managing director for Tormax UK. “The convenience of a swing pass door ensures a warm welcome for all visitors, including wheelchair users for example, or those with bulky suitcases.”
Tormax was contracted to manufacture and install the revolving entrance combined with an automatic swing door, giving clear and easy access to the grand reception area.
Using a simple programmable keypad, hotel staff can quickly adapt the speed of the revolving door to reflect weather conditions and how busy the entrance is. This not only minimises heat-loss from the reception area but also helps to ensure energy-efficient operation, contributing to a low carbon footprint for the hotel.
Safety of guests and staff is assured thanks to an ingenious design which ensures that even in the event of a power failure during an emergency evacuation, the brake mechanism that stops the door being manually spun too fast, resulting in accidents, will still work. “Most revolving doors lose this crucial safety addition in the event of a power outage,” confirmed Roberts, “The 5201 harnesses the energy created by the door being manually spun and uses it to power the brake mechanism.”