Bradbury M2M3 Certifire LPCB

As well as the recent arrival of the LPS 1175 SR4 certificate for our M2M4 doors, Bradbury's flagship range of SR3 doors have also received an extension to their scope; M2M3 doors are now available as inward opening single and double doorsets.

Our ongoing commitment to developing new and existing product ranges means we are able to offer our customers the UK's largest range of configurations, all certified to LPS 1175 SR3 (Issue 7). M2M3 doors are also available with removable top and side panels, and with a full range of panic, manual, automatic, and electromechanical Mico locking systems, to suit all applications.

For more information on any Bradbury products, please contact us via 01724 271999, or sales@bradburyuk.com

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If you’re looking to invest in fire or security rated doors or grilles for your business premises, it’s important that you’re aware of the relevant industry standards so you may purchase the equipment that best suits your needs. This will ensure you’re not overpaying for an unnecessary level of security, and you will be able to keep your staff safe and assets secure at all times.

To help make sense of the relevant ratings and standards so you can get the ideal security or fire equipment for your needs, we’ve put together this helpful guide. Read on to find out everything you need to know. 

Bradbury Group Oman exhibition

We are currently exhibiting at Infra Oman, which is taking place at the Oman Exhibition and Conference Centre in Muscat, from the 10th-12th October. Come and visit Bradbury Group's Sales and Technical Directors at stand K6, and find out how our products, services, and physical security expertise can assist with the protection and development of infrastructure projects.

M2M4 SR4 LPS1175 Bradbury

We are pleased to announce that M2M4 is now fully certified to LPS 1175 SR4. The extensive range includes inward and outward opening, single, double, and leaf & half doorsets – making Bradbury one of the only UK manufacturers able to offer inward opening SR4 steel doors.

M2M4 doors can be supplied with various vision panels and louvres, meaning the specification can be tailored to suit all applications - without the need to compromise on security or aesthetics. Multiple panel sizes and configurations are available, and this comprehensive range of independently tested steel doorsets are certified for use with a full range of panic, manual, automatic, and electromechanical Mico locking systems. 

Paul Sweeting, Technical Director at the Bradbury Group, comments: “We are extremely proud of our latest testing achievement. With the ever-increasing need for physical security, this exansion to Bradbury's product range means we can offer specifiers and building managers some of the most advanced security door solutions on the market.”

For more information on these doors, please click here. If you require any further information on any Bradbury products, please complete the contact form below, or contact our customer service team via sales@bradburyuk.com, or 01724 271999.

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The Bradbury Group are proud to support Fire Door Safety Week. This campaign aims to engage and educate building owners and building users on how to use fire doors properly. We have created an infograph, including statistics on fires in Great Britain, the Exova Warrington 'Click It Kick It' initiative, and a '5 Step Fire Door Check' to help determine whether a fire door is faulty.

Bradbury Fire Rated Door RendersFire doors save life and property. Bradbury manufacture a wide range of fire rated doors that are CERTIFIRE accredited to FD240, and are also available with LPCB certification to LPS1175 SR1, 2, 3 and 4. For more information on our range of fire rated doors, please click here, or contact us via sales@bradburyuk.com or 01724 271999.

Are you concerned about the security of your home or business?

locked gate stock imageWhile figures show that burglary rates are decreasing each year, the cost of repairs due to break in damages and the value of stolen items is increasing. In 2015, 713,000 residential properties and 3,831 retail premises were victims of burglary across England and Wales. This is still a substantial amount and for many years the UK has had one of the highest burglary rates in Europe.

Is your property a burglar's ideal target?

5874732400 938af1a945 2Think with the mind of a thief; if your property looks unsecure to you, it will to any potential burglars. By analysing the common tactics used by thieves to break into homes and businesses, we can evaluate ways to avoid becoming a victim of burglary. In this post, we give advice on the most appropriate measures you can take to dispel these tactics and prevent your property from being targeted by thieves.

Here are 10 of the most common tactics used by thieves, and advice on precautions you can take to avoid becoming a target of burglary:

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We are proud to announce the launch of our new M2M3 brochure. Designed in line with our contemporary rebranding, these brochures will eventually form part of a Bradbury product specifier, featuring all steel doors, grilles, cages, and IT protection.

This brochure offers detailed renderings of our most popular M2M3 configurations, as well as sizes, construction, locking options, and ancilliary items. Please click here to download; if you would like to receive a hard copy, please contact the team via sales@bradburyuk.com, or 01724 271999.

Bradbury Wood Effect Steel Doors

Whilst steel doors are renowned for offering a high level of security, they are usually regarded as less aesthetically appealing than their wooden counterparts. To offer customers a balance between form and function, all Bradbury steel security doors are available in a high quality, wood effect powder coated finish. Vision panels, and top and side panels, can all be powder coated to match. This factory finish brings the warmth of a real wood effect, without the maintenance, energy efficiency, and weathering issues associated with using a natural product.

We are always looking for innovative methods to improve new and existing designs; with additive layer manufacturing (ALM) set to revolutionise the industry, Bradbury’s R&D department have opted for a 3D printer to aid with design work. Already proving a wise investment, the printer has enabled us to create bespoke parts for our physical security products, quickly and systematically. With Bradbury’s commitment to innovation in mind, R&D are using the printer to model and actively test new design features, before sending the parts to be cast. This is set to be a wise investment, and is already enabling us to improve our product portfolio. Watch the video below for a time lapse of the printer in action. 

 

M2M4 Stays Secure

Burglars have again unsuccessfully attempted to force entry into a property protected by a Bradbury M2M4 door, leaving its 'unbreakable' record in tact. The LPS1175 SR4 door was recently installed by a third-party contractor, to secure the 'goods in' area of a national retail outlet in North Yorkshire. M2M4 resisted multiple attempts to damage the lock, leaving the burglars no option other than to reverse their van at speed into the door. This method was also unsuccessful, and the thieves had to find an alternate route into the property - through the roof! This raises the importance of maintaining high levels of security for all possible methods of entry into the property, including walls, roofs and ceilings.

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Bradbury Group Ltd, successful Scunthorpe based manufacturer of steel security doors, grilles, and cages, has seen a familiar face return as Managing Director. Tim Strawson, owner and founder of Bradbury, has returned to his seat as MD after a two year period as Chairman.

As the Group continues along its path of exponential growth, there has been an increasing need to fill the position of Finance Director, which has been vacant since December. Nobody is better equipped to take on the role than former Bradbury MD and Chartered Accountant, Jim Connell. Anecdotally, Strawson and Connell will be reprising the roles they first adopted in the conception of the Bradbury Group, over 20 years ago.

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Natalie Khangura"My name is Natalie Khangura and I’m 21 years old. I joined Bradbury as an engineering apprentice in October 2014, and I now work in the research and development department.

I have always had a passion for engineering. When I was at school, my dad worked for the Steelworks in Scunthorpe, and I would always ask what he had been doing during his day at work. It consisted of activities such as welding, fabricating, and fixing machines, which really interested me.

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Isabel Mead"My name is Isabel Mead, I am 16 years old, and I joined Bradbury as an engineering apprentice in March 2016.

Whilst at school, I worked part-time before going on to study A Levels at college. However, I was only there for a short amount of time before realising that this path wasn’t for me. My sister suggested that I look into engineering and I decided that this was the field I wanted to work in, so I joined HETA on a mechanical engineering course.

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June 23rd is National Women in Engineering Day 2016! Bradbury currently has two women working in our technical department; Isabel Mead, Apprentice Design Engineer, and Natalie Khangura, Prototype Engineer. We also have a senior female engineer due to start June 27th. 

In support of National Women in Engineering Day, we will be taking part in the Twitter campaigns; #NWED2016 and #RaisingProfiles. Isabel and Natalie have been interviewed for articles on ApprenticeMakers and Success at School’s websites, and have also written about their experiences as women working in engineering which will be posted on our blog over the next two days.

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Bradbury Group are now proud members of the Door and Hardware Federation's Metal Doorset Group,which represents the leading manufacturers and installers of metal doorsets.

All members must be BS EN ISO 9000 registered, and provide metal doorsets approved under fire and security product certification. Like Bradbury, most members additionally undertake product installation.

The aim of the group is to promote the commercial benefits that specifiers will reap by choosing metal doorsets from DHF members. These include:

  • Compliance with CE marking legislation
  • Extensive performance characteristics
  • Durability
  • Extended service life
  • Low maintenance
  • Fitness for purpose

 For more information on the DHF, please visit their website - http://www.dhfonline.org.uk/home.aspx.

Bradbury’s latest development in window protection, the CX0 is a padlocking straight latticed security grille, best suited to residential and domestic applications. Bradbury grilles are a popular and economical method of securing residential premises, as they can be retracted during hours of occupation, yet provide a secure visual deterrent during periods where the property is unoccupied.

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If you would like to know more about the CX0, please click here to download the new brochure. Alternatively, please contact our sales team via sales@bradburyuk.com, or 01724 271999.

Interested in knowing more about Bradbury's certified product range? We have developed a new brochure which showcases the full range of our accredited products.

Bradbury Certified Security Product Table

If you wish to download the certified product range brochure, please click here.

Congratulations go to Bradbury's Employee of the Quarter, Craig Toyn!

Craig Toyn Bradbury Employee of the Quarter

Craig joined Bradbury over ten years ago as an alloy fabricator in the grilles department, and is now a lead installer for Bradbury's installation team. Craig received his nominations for consistently earning great feedback from customers, his positive attitude, and his willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done. He says he enjoys working at Bradbury due to the variety of the workload, and the different locations he gets to travel to.

Well done from all at Bradbury, Craig!

Scunthorpe’s new bank, Handelsbanken, has provided Bradbury with a £170,000 finance package. This has been used to purchase three new machines to increase capacity both at the expanded town plant, and at the Scottish site.

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Peter Hough, a representative from Handelsbanken, visited us at our Scunthorpe site to meet with Bradbury’s Managing Director, Tim Strawson. This news has been featured in the Scunthorpe Telegraph; if you wish to read the article, please click here.

We are pleased to announce the full certification of Bradbury's Spartan2 and Spartan3 bar sets to LPS1175 (Issue 7) Security Rating 2 and Security Rating 3, respectively. 

Whilst exhibiting at the Counter Terror Expo in London, Paul Sweeting, Bradbury’s Technical Director, received the LPCB certificate from Paul Dillon, BRE Fire and Security’s Physical Security Certification Manager.

Paul Sweeting Bradbury Spartan LPCB Certification

Spartan2 and Spartan3 are high security bar sets that can be engineered to secure almost any opening due to their modular design. Available as reveal and face fit variants, Spartan bar sets are supplied in galvanised and polyester powder coated finishes.

For more information on Bradbury's Spartan range, please click here.

Bradbury offer unique engineering apprenticeships through our award winning Engineering Academy. Working in partnership with North Lindsey College, we provide young people with the opportunity to work towards an NVQ Level 3, whilst gaining valuable work based experience. North Lindsey College has written about our academy and the engineering apprenticeships we offer; if you wish to read the article, please click here.

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A few weeks ago, Bradbury welcomed two new apprentices. Jason Bagg and Isabel Mead joined our Engineering Academy after doing a trainee mechanical engineering course at HETA. They have both written about their experiences in engineering at HETA, and at Bradbury, so far.

We recently had an order from Mondiale, whose offices are based in Singapore, for some specialist steel doorsets to replace their current doors. As the doors were being exported to Papua New Guinea, we made a special effort to make sure everything went smoothly as it travelled through lots of traffic and the jungle. Pictures were taken every step of the way, and Mark Mason, Sales Director, supervised the whole manufacturing process.

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In March, we attended our first exhibition of the year, Security and Policing, a Home Office Event in Farnborough.

Mark Mason Bradbury Security and Policing

For the expo, we displayed samples of our products, including an Extendor Elite grille, an M2M3 door and a Cross-guard Ventis. We also designed some new displays, featuring our new Spartan Bars, and had promotional products made. We handed out Bradbury bags filled with pens, mugs and mouse mats, and many attendees took part in our competition to win some champagne. Attending the event for three days gave us chance to meet with our existing customers, as well as some new clients.

Certified to LPS 1175 SR4, the M2M4 range offers Bradbury's highest level of security, coupled with a range of options to cater for all personnel, fire exit, access control and utility applications. Bradbury's engineering expertise and the wide choice of available hardware enables the doors to be tailored to individual customer requirements.

Variants

M2M4 doors are made to measure; available as single outward opening doorsets, single inward opening doorsets and double outward opening doorsets, with fixed and removable side and over panels.

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Frame

M2M4 frames are 110mm deep manufactured from 2.0mm Zintec steel. A fully welded frame option is available at an extra cost. M2M4 doors are reinforced by a 3mm chassis system, and supplied with a steel or DDA aluminium threshold.

Locks

M2M4 doors are available with a full range of Mico Abryll single point locking systems. They are available with panic escape hardware, manual deadlocking, and auto deadlocking. An electromechanical lock option is also available. Mico USCH4 locks are fitted for doors with external access. 

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Margaret Panter is retiring from Bradbury after 18 years. She started in R&D doing odd jobs until CX2 grilles started being produced. Mags then joined grilles as a general factory operative and progressed to a team leader. At 60, she semi-retired; doing shorter shifts and the banks for grilles.

Yesterday was the third day of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, and North Lindsey College hosted an Apprenticeship Open Event to inform local young people about apprenticeships. Representatives attended from Bradbury, NHS, G.S. Kelsey, and Tata Steel. Paul Sweeting, Technical Director at Bradbury, and two of our engineering apprentices, gave a speech on their apprenticeship experience, as an employer and as apprentices.

Back to the Floor Mick Lochran

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, Mick Lochran, Vice Principle of North Lindsey College, came to visit the Bradbury Academy apprentices for a 'back to the floor' exercise. Mick spent some time simulating LPCB attack tests with apprentices Natalie and Josh, as well as spending time in the offices with our R&D and engineering apprentices. This was to help Mick gain an understanding of the disparity of tasks each apprentice undertakes, and how they have contributed to the success of the business as a whole.

It's National Apprenticeship Week, and Katie joined Bradbury as our first Marketing Apprentice one month ago! To mark this milestone, Katie has written about how she came to be an apprentice, and what her experience at Bradbury has been like so far.

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My name’s Katie Harrison, I’m 21 years old, and I have recently started an advanced apprenticeship.

After leaving school in 2011, I attained A-Levels, and went to study Business and Management at university. However, I left within my first year as I soon realised that this degree wasn’t right for me. I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do, other than something more creative, so I decided to gain more work experience and qualifications, whilst deciding what career path I wanted to take.

Paul Sweeting Bradbury NLC Apprenticeship Awards

Representatives from the Bradbury Group were honoured to receive the North Lindsey College ‘Apprentice Employer of the Year’ award (sponsored by Ongo), at a glittering Hollywood themed awards ceremony on the 8th March. The event was held in celebration and recognition of NLC’s apprenticeship students’ achievements over the past year, with guest presenter Ashley Porter-Exley, Apprenticeship and Enterprise Ambassador at The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme and winner of the BBC’s Young Apprentice. We also sponsored the 'Lifetime Apprentice' award, which was awarded to Rob Ingham.

Can you afford to become a victim of crime?

With UK burglary statistics falling, it’s easy to become complacent about the security of your home and business. But with most burglaries occurring opportunistically, can you guarantee that your property is sufficiently secure to deter potential thieves? There are a wide range of measures available to match the level of perceived risk, for both residential and commercial properties. This article aims to guide you towards selecting the most viable security options for your property.

When selecting a fire door for your property, there are many factors to be considered. There is a wide range of fire rated doors and fire exits available and it is important to know which best meets your needs. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to fire doors.

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We are proud to announce that Bradbury's 2015 Employee of the Year is Ian Whitaker, who has proven to be a real asset to the company. Ian has a can-do attitude, adds value to all tasks undertaken and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Since starting at Bradbury in February 2005 as a General Factory Operative, Ian has progressed through the company into a Supervisor position. He set up the R&D Specials team who manufacture, test and develop prototypes, and includes several apprentices, which Ian has taken under his wing. Ian hopes to expand his knowledge of computer aided design, and his goal for his future at Bradbury is to be promoted to a Manager. Congratulations, Ian!

Employee of the Quarter December 2015

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We'd also like to give a special mention to Bradbury's Employee of the Quarter, Modestas Petrauskas, who joined the company in June 2014 and quickly made a positive impression. Mod is a self-starter; he is always motivated and willing to learn. Mod spends a lot of time working on the factory machinery, especially the Salv. However he enjoys working on new products and projects, and the next step on the Bradbury ladder for Mod is to gain knowledge of more of the factory machinery. Congratulations, Mod! 

We are pleased to announce that on February 1st 2016 Bradbury Group acquired Martin Roberts from High Performance Doors. This is an exciting development for both companies and serves as part of Bradbury's commitment to expansion and improving our services for our customers. 

Martin Roberts have an excellent project delivery heritage which includes some of the most iconic landmarks in the UK:

Bradbury Group Martin Roberts Projects

Bradbury Spartan Bar Set Render

spartanlogoWe are pleased to announce the launch of our latest range of window protection, the Spartan bar set. Available with LPS 1175 SR2 and SR3 accreditation, these bars have been tested to withstand prolonged and forced entry attempts and provide an excellent visual deterrent against burglaries and vandalism. The lightweight modular design of these bar sets means they can be built up to secure almost any opening and are practical and convenient to install, even on large scale projects.

Voting for Bradbury's entry into the European Business Awards begins on 11/01/2016! Recently named a National Champion, the company now goes head to head with companies across Europe to be named a National Public Champion. We were nominated due to our rapid expansion and commitment to sustaining our local community through enterprise and funded training. The competition is tough, so please show your support for a manufacturing company that defied the odds throughout a recession and experienced huge growth to become the UK's largest manufacturer of steel security products.

Votes are cast via www.businessawardseurope.com - to find our entry, search either by category (RSM Entrepreneur of the Year) or country (United Kingdom). Watch the video explaining our company's goals and ethics (presented by Bradbury owner and Chairman Tim Strawson), enter your email address and follow the details on the link provided. In a competition this tough every vote will count, so please show your support and encourage others to do the same!


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This video talks you through how to install a Bradbury CX2 retractable security grille. Beginning with the tools that are required and pre-installation checks, through to fixing the sliding grille in place. If you have any further installation enquiries, our expert team are always on hand to help - please contact us for more information.

 

Bradbury Installer Aaron Waddington describes how to install a Bradbury M2M+ steel personnel door. This video talks you through the process of fitting a door, from receiving your delivery to the professional finishing touches. If you have any questions about the installation of Bradbury doors, our installation team are always happy to help - please contact us for more information.

 

When selecting a door to protect your property, it is important to tailor the level of security to your requirements. Whilst wood has traditionally been the material of choice, increasing numbers of people are selecting steel as their door material replacement due to the benefits they offer. Whether you are seeking to protect an agricultural, industrial, commercial or domestic premises, a steel door can provide you with peace of mind that you and your assets are safe. 

 
Steel
 Wood
Aluminium
Fibreglass 
 Appearance 
Available in smooth, textured or wood finishes in endless colour combinations, including extra life paint warranty
Traditional high end appearance which can be painted or unpainted, but finish will fade over time
Lightweight and slim line with an aesthetically pleasing appearance, available in a range of finishes with no limitation on glazing
Attractive finish,  able to  convincingly mimic  almost all grains of  wood
 Endurance
Won't shrink, crack or warp
Can peel, bubble or delaminate
Weather resistant and unlikely to dent and rust
Finish may fade when exposed to sunlight
 Energy  Efficiency  
Highly efficient andprovided with weather seals
Not energy efficient
Typically energy efficient, dependant on glazing
Good insulation values and won't conduct heat to touch 
 Security
The best solution for those concerned with home or business security. Steel doors are available with the benefit of added third party certification
For adequate security, wooden doors must be of solid construction but most are weak around the hinge area. Wooden doors are available with third party certification
Suitable for low- medium risk locations 
Not particularly secure due to a wide lack of reinforcement in door frame, best suited to low risk domestic properties
 Maintenance 
Low maintenance if purchasing a quality product, cheaper options may rust if not properly primed and painted
Requires regular maintenance
Low maintenance if not fully glazed or in a marine environment 
Very low maintenance and impervious to rot, usually comes with a good warranty
 Cost
Cheaper on average than wooden doors, and more cost effective when taking into account the projected lifespan
Generally an expensive option, however cheaper models will be flimsy and won't provide adequate security
Most variations are more expensive than steel, but still more cost effective than wood
Inexpensive in comparison to wood but less cost effective than steel and aluminium

Bradbury steel doors

These steel substation doors are proof that Bradbury products stand the test of time. First installed over ten years ago for a utilities provider, the doors show no sign of rust and are as fit for purpose as when they were first installed.