accessible automatic door adaptations

Accessible Automatic Door Adaption

Accessible Doors – adaptations for specific users, door location or function

Following an accessible audit, the most common solution is to automate the existing door by means of installing an electrically powered operator with the relevant safety devices and activation.
Generally, when it comes to accessible automatic doors it is assumed that a motion detector is used for activation. This means that anyone approaching the door will be detected and the door will open without touching the door.

Let’s look at why this may not be the right solution

Users – if you would only like the door to open automatically for a specific user and the rest of the time the door remains to be manual for able bodied people.

Remote door access control devices
Location – The accessible automatic door may be close to moving traffic or passers by and you would not want the door to be opening and closing all of the time. So, the installation of remoted mounted switches in a location where the user can see the door but will not be at risk.
accessible door push pad controls
accessible door switches
Security – many doors have electric locks and access controls installed upon them to increase the safety and security within a building. This will mean that if you are going to convert a manual door to an accessible automatic door then it must not compromise the building. All of our operators we use have integration for existing access control systems or will adapt if this is added in the future.
security for accessible doors

Door type – there are many different types of automatic doors which may pose different risks to different users of the location.

As the easiest solution is to automate an existing swing door, this is why there are many installed.

However, if in this example there are many users which pass through the door whilst using a mobility scooter, there is a risk of impact and the door becoming damaged.

Following our site survey and risk assessment our solution was to remove the existing door and install a single sliding door which gave the following benefits –

  • Less space reducing the need for persons to wait for the door to open
  • Interface with access control system
  • Internal locking
  • Battery back-up
  • Reduce failures and call outs</li.
  • Reduce risk as door opens away from the person using the door
Accessible door before

BEFORE – Inward Opening Automatic Swing Door

Door type after

AFTER – Single Sliding Automatic Door

What about if you have an internal Fire door?

The easiest and cost-efficient solution is to have a door held open all of the time, but as it is a Fire door it must close and stay closed in the event of a fire alarm. As we are a registered approved Fireco installer, we can install and set up the Pro Range of products which include the ‘Dorguard’
This device attaches to the bottom of the door and is battery operated. It is set up so when the fire alarm sounds it will automatically remove the door stop and the fire door will close by the door closer.


All of the solutions are available for all types of commercial buildings including –

  • Hospitals
  • Offices
  • Leisure Centres
  • Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Care Homes

We will arrange a survey to carry out an assessment as to which of the solutions are most appropriate on each door. This would then allow us to provide a quotation to supply and install them at the most convenient time.









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