Opened in Northampton in 2017, FitzRoy House was purpose-built to provide residential care for up to 110 children and adolescents across 11 wards. Designed in partnership with the young people, its purpose was to set new standards for Mental Health with an emphasis on welcoming, friendly and nurturing environments.
The medium-secure unit serves a diverse range of needs and is home to some of the UK's most complex Mental Health issues. Therefore, creating a safe and secure environment was a priority, with a homely welcoming feel also vital.
With such a delicate balance between safety, security and aesthetics required, the designers choose our 5-way SOS (Staff Override System). Combining multiple override functions, it gave staff peace of mind, knowing they had access to rooms in an emergency situation.
As a result, staff have been able to protect the vulnerable youngsters in their care, yet still address the challenging realities of everyday Mental Health environments – meeting their main objectives of supporting Mental Health recovery and reducing service-user risk.
As the only electronic lockset with 5-way SOS, the trust chose our electronic lockset, passport. Offering service users control over their own living space by issuing a harmless key fob also met their requirements of promoting service user independence.
When the trust required new doorsets to combat their current safety and durability challenges, they turned to our extra-wide, single-leaf doorsets. With concealed hold-open closers, this helped to reduce the ligature risk whilst the vandal-resistant PVC facing helped to brighten the space and minimise maintenance costs.
The trust approached us for a reliable and complete override lockset system to minimise keyway tampering and ensure staff could always gain access. Combining our 5-way SOS system with the lifeline closed keyway, our designers were able to meet their specific needs.