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What is an architectural Ironmongery Schedule and why do i need one?

by Mike Besley on 26-10-2016

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When your building moves from a concept to a reality, it is important to ensure that the design complies with current British and European standards and industry best practice.

Architects, interior designers and building contractors all have specific areas of detailed knowledge.  The assistance of a architectural ironmonger, helps to translate and convert the client’s requirements, into a functional and legally compliant ironmongery schedule.

The reuquirements of BS8300/Doc M (DDA), along with fire assessments and other details, all have to be worked in with design to ensure that your project is safe, legally compliant and up to date.

When it comes to specifying ironmongery you have a choice; go it alone or draw on the experience of a specialist. 

Using a team with years of relevant experience, combined with team members trained by the Guild of Architecture Ironmongers, will pay off hands down in the long run.  It's important that you get the technical support you'll need throughout the project.  It will be like having another member on your team.

Check out case studies to see similar projects that have been completed in the past.

So what is an ironmongery schedule?

Scheduling ironmongery is creating a detailed list of ironmongery that is required for each door (and window) opening in a project.

So Why do I need a schedule?

A detailed ironmongery specification is extremely important, as it ensures the requirements of security, fire safety, disabled access and functionality are met.  It also ensures that the requirements of legislation and regulations are achieved.

A quality ironmongery Schedule contributes to the buildings overall design, improves the quality of the environment for users and can potentially reduce the maintenance cost during its lifetime.

How do I start?

An ironmongery schedule starts with floor plans and a basic door schedule, along with a brief of how you see the specific requirements.

On large projects we find a team approach works best.  If you can involve all parties, client, design and contractors, a design brief can be turned into a schedule, and samples can be agreed for final specification.

Product samples, either individual items or on a board for demonstration and client/end user presentations help make sure everyone will be delighted by the final result.

Schedules are produced and updated using a digital scheduling system that allows us to present the following;

  • Door-by-door specification.
  • Product listing with full technical details.
  • Itemised and priced summary listings.  
  • Relevant details to all parties involved.

What else should i consider?

Special consideration needs to be taken to the security of doors, and here a schedule can help.  A master key chart and a full locking plan can be designed around your requirements, with different levels of security and access open to different users.

This can range from a simple keyed alike suite to a more complex master key and sub master suite.

Requirements are all different ranging from the seemingly basic needs of a residentail dwelling, to the most demanding needs of anti-ligature units, and large public buildings with complex access control and escape requirements.

Clearly labelled door packed sets always is a help, this leaves nothing to chance and aids skilled workmen on site to achieve the best result easily.

Download our FREE Ironmongery Schedule Template