After an incredible 6 year “journey” from our formation in June 2011 to our current status as the UK’s leading provider of access controlled communal doors and entrance screens, we thought nothing could be surpass our past successes – we were wrong !!!!
NEOS Protect Ltd have been appointed the SOLE supplier and installer of mild steel communal doorsets throughout England and Wales for LHC on a minimum 4 year Term Contract. !!!
LHC is a leading provider of free-to-use framework agreements used by local authorities, social landlords and other public sector bodies to procure works, products and services for the construction, refurbishment and maintenance of social housing and public buildings.
After a comprehensive pre-qualification process covering company standing, finances, technical capability, quality, experience, sustainability and social awareness NEOS Protect Ltd were awarded the prestigious position as the only Supplier of Mild Steel Communal Doors and Entrance Screens to potentially 1000’s of LHC members and other public bodies throughout England and Wales for the forthcoming 4 year Framework, without the need for individual expensive and time taking tender exercises. All the pre-selection including value for money pricing has been completed within the LHC process with NEOS Protect being selected as the most cost effective, experienced and suitable company to provide this service.
Needless to say we are overjoyed at this recognition of not only our products and workmanship but also the overall standing of the company within the Door Industry that this award offers NEOS. Numerous companies showed an interest to secure this Framework Agreement but after careful and intense scrutiny by LHC, we were chosen as the only capable supplier !!!!
Nothing compares with this third party endorsement of our overall company performance against many similar companies vying for this honour. It is also a great fillip to all our staff and workforce for the continued commitment to quality, service and innovation, we have striven to offer all our clients and partners from Day One.
Website Link to LHC and their services- www.lhc.gov.uk/about-us
LHC delivers a simple core service – bringing buyers and suppliers closer together with a straightforward, shared language for procurement.
Our frameworks offer the clarity buyers need for confident procurement
It’s a language we use in our frameworks to address everything from technical specifications to regulatory requirements, financial expectations to social and environmental commitments. It creates the clarity buyers need for confident procurement.
When they use our frameworks, buyers (our clients and members) and suppliers (LHC Appointed Companies) can do business together quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Clarity and confidence
The clarity of our frameworks is built on the combined expertise of our:
- Technical team who sustain LHC’s product knowledge through regular engagement with suppliers
- Divisional managers who provide insights into the needs of our clients and members
Each framework is researched extensively before it’s published and existing frameworks are reviewed regularly.
This month saw NEOS provide further sponsorship to a number of worthy causes.
A local youth football team (Jarrow Vikings Under 9’s) were supplied with a complete set of football strips and training vests. Best wishes to you all from NEOS.
Two ladies from a London based Door Entry / Access Control partner took part in a 26 mile walk from the Cotswolds to Bath to raise funds for MacMillan Research. – Well done Sarah and Gemma, SCCI Alphatrack.
Project Manager from a London Based Client took part in the Brighton Marathon in aid of CLIC Sargent, and overall raised an amazing £7,000.00 + – Well Done Craig Bolding, Crest Nicholson
Project Manager from a London based Client, raised funds doing the Three Peaks Challenge on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital – Congratulations Kishore Desai, Countryside Properties UK
Jarrow Vikings U 9’s showing off their new football strips
NEOS spokesman said “ We recognize the importance of giving something back to the community we live and work in – the easy bit was providing some cash – the hard work was done by the people participating – well done to them all for the time, effort and pain, put into their efforts to raise money to help others”
NEOS Protect Ltd were proudly selected to give a CPD Presentation at the Secured by Design Annual Training Event held at the exclusive Whittlebury Hall, Northampton to explain and clarify the correct performance specifications covering access controlled communal / common doorsets.
Kevin Walker, Sales and Managing Director, took the officers through the current “best practice” documents – AD Part Q and “Homes 2016” Guidelines – and clearly explained the differing standards applicable to alternate door situations and the logic to identify the correct and appropriate specification covering high usage doorsets with the longer term security benefits that also ensues.
The event was attended by over 120No Designing Out Crime Officers (DOCOs) plus senior Crime Prevention Managers from throughout UK
The feedback was very positive from the various DOCOs who had not previously appreciated the importance / suitability of the different standards within the documents and how they should be applied. They all agreed the presentation was informative and welcoming.
Kevin explained “As a Secured by Design member since our inception in 2011, we owe a lot to the organization in aiding our growth to be the leading UK provider of Communal Entrance Doors and Screens. We fully endorse everything the organization is trying to achieve, and if we can offer support and assistance to the Crime Prevention Officers and pass on our specialist knowledge for their own benefit during their daily tasks, that, we feel, is a little way of re-paying the SBD guidance given to NEOS Protect Ltd by their Regional Managers over the last 6 years”
Secured by Design Marketing comment on the event:-
Every year Secured by Design hosts a Continuing Professional Development training event for the Designing Out Crime Officers from police forces around the UK. The event is an opportunity for police staff to gain new knowledge and skills, share best practice, be updated on new and ongoing issues and network with colleagues. It has become an important part of the learning that these staff members undertake
2015 has proved to be an eventful year yet again for NEOS Protect Ltd.
Following the growth of the company with an increasing range of End Clients specifying the NEOS Protect-AS Doorset on their projects, the search for larger premises began in earnest and after looking far and wide for a suitable sized factory unit, – ultimately we moved 20 yards “across the street” from Unit J to Unit C3 !!!.
The new factory has doubled the manufacturing workspace to over 5000 sq.ft with the added advantage of a separate integrated powder coated plant and quarantine assembly area to further enhance the service we can provide to our customers.
On the new product front, we took the challenge that the incoming Building Regs Part Q – Security – was going to throw up for Specifiers, Architects etc. This new Approved Document was giving significant onus on Secured by Design Approved products to be used on all new developments and at a similar status to Approved Document B – Fire Safety – which would need Building Control “sign off”. The age old conflict between Safety v Security was now to be truly tested.
At NEOS we recognised this dilemma and during September we launched a product that would meet both requirements. The new NEOS Protect–ER Fully Glazed Doorset offers up to 60/0 fire resistant performance, it is designed for access control incorporating electromagnetic locking and fully tested to STS202 BR2 level of burglary resistance. The perfect solution for internal compartmentalisation of large apartment blocks to restrict access to differing zones and prevent anti-social activity.
Once again NEOS have put themselves at the forefront of the marketplace and driving standards upwards to meet the ever demanding requirements laid down to meet all current or incoming “best practices”. A position we value and intend to retain as we develop more solutions to problems as they arise.
Another area we have been proactive is due to the increased use of automatic door operation which has created its own problems in “real life” situations as the good intention of these units has given rise to serious problems with tailgating entry by undesirables. However in subsequent project reviews, we have been able to identify the problem before it arises and offered the solution from the outset. This has resulted in considerable inconvenience and money being saved by the End Clients.
Finally to say thanks to some of our various Clients this year NEOS Protect have been pro-active in 2015 sponsoring their good causes – sets of footballs to one Client’s local U12 football team, sponsorship of two different Housing Association’s Charity Walks / Runs and the further issue of a full set of football strips to a Housing Group’s local Resident’s Association. We appreciate these opportunities to be able to put something back into the communities we work in and hope is some way help develop the community spirit that our End Clients are trying to inspire.
2014 was yet another milestone year for NEOS Protect Ltd.
Further R&D testing increased our range of Secured by Design Accredited Mild Steel doors to include ground breaking Inward Opening mode Doorsets secured via electromagnetic locking, plus further successfully tested options of double doorsets and /or louvred doors. No other UK Door Company can meet these stringent operational demands.
Amongst our more impressive projects this year, were the completion of projects to English Heritage sites such as the iconic Byker Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne which has achieved amongst other awards, Grade 2 Star Listed Building status plus listed with UNESCO as an outstanding 20th Century Building and a further English Heritage Historic Properties refurbishment project on the George Stephenson designed “Bowes Railway”- which is the only cable hauled railway line still in operation in the UK, providing mild steel doors designed to replicate timber “tongue and grooved” style and sympathetically installed to compliment the surrounding environments on both sensitive sites.
Similar projects for a London Borough and a Housing Association in Portsmouth providing radiused / arched Entrance Doors have shown the flexibility in design and manufacturing skills that NEOS can offer to meet all aspects of varying project demands.
Major projects this year involved numerous New Build Housing Developments mainly throughout London and the South East for many new Housing Group and Major Contractor organizations. This extended Client base and natural growth through our existing Clients on Refurb / Security Upgrade Schemes has led to a planned move in early 2015 to a new production unit offering double manufacturing floor-space and an integrated powder coating paint facility. We have increased our workforce labour with further experienced skilled Tradesmen to meet the increasing demands for our products, which is becoming commonly referred to, as simply – “The NEOS Door”
This term is becoming the byword for a quality, reliable and efficient doorset and we acknowledge this respectful description as a sign of appreciation that our products offer more than other options available and is the benchmark for others to try and attain.
We are looking forward to 2015 with great excitement
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Following further testing with Certisecure NEOS Protect Ltd successfully achieved STS202 BR2 Burglary Resistance level for a Double Doorset secured on Electromagnetic locking. Previously, to achieve full SBD Compliance for these door types, there was a need to change to s Single Doorset with a Fixed Sidepanel. This was acceptable in many instances but often due to Planning Approvals etc it was difficult to change the design and a compromise solution was needed to be reached with the Crime Prevention Design Advisor.
NEOS Protect are pleased to announce that we have become the first UK Company to achieve SBD Accreditation for an INWARD Opening Access Controlled Doorset using Electromagnetic Locking to STS202 BR2 Level of Burglary Resistance.
This is a fantastic achievement which puts NEOS Protect Ltd at the forefront of this sector, as the leading provider of the widest range of Communal Entrance Door styles and designs to meet almost all Client’s requirements and fully SBD Accredited
Other achievements to meet the current SBD Guidelines over the last months have also included:-
- Full height glazed Entrance Doors for use on New Mixed Tenure Housing Developments.
- Integrated Door Entry Panels provided by a selection of major Access Control Manufacturers, also tested to STS202 BR2 level to prevent illegal entry by wire manipulation. (BS8300 requires the Door Entry Panel to be within 200mm of the leading door edge and this additional test is a pre-requisite to meet all current Best Practice requirement.)
- Similar protection to the Fireman’s Switch
As 2012 started with major Awards so did the final 3 months end with Contract Awards in excess of £1/2M. However the most significant aspect of these successes, is the fact that 4No major contracts are included within the above and these are only Phase One Awards – the anticipated Final Value for these projects is currently estimated to double this figure to £1M and assure a healthy Order Book into the Summer months.
Following the earlier Secured by Design Accreditation to our range of doorsets, we were aware that many New Build Housing Developments wished to move away from the traditional “Portcullis” door style of Main Entrances and the generally used medium of polycarbonate to deter intruders. As the current SbD recommeded Standard for Communal Entrances – STS202 BR2 -involves a concerted and robust physical attack on the glazing using a selection of handtools, such as hammers and screwdrivers the challenge was to provide a cost effective solution to meet both the Designers requirements (maximum glass) and Crime Prevention Officer’s considerations (minimum glass). NEOS Protect Ltd therefore, using their experience in high security projects, provided three test samples of “all glass” options – all three successfully achieved STS202 BR2 Burglary Resistance Rating. The result is that NEOS Protect Ltd can provide full SbD compliant Entrance Doors and Screens with full height glazing (with or without midrails) to meet both Designer’s and CPO’s commitments.
Further Tests are planned for later this year to push forward our development of physcial security doorsets and glazed screens to meet Market demands.