3000 Series concealed door closers have been used to great aesthetic and practical effect on a landmark residential development in Cork, Ireland. The Elysian Tower, the tallest building in Ireland and a benchmark for smart urban living, features over four thousand of the innovative Astra 3000 Concealed Closers on apartment entrance doors, internal doors and cross corridor doors.
Built by O’Flynn Construction, The Elysian is a mixed-use developments consisting of a
number of connected 6-8 storey buildings, with a landmark 17-storey tower on the
southwest corner of the site. The tower is 71 metres to the top floor, making it the tallest
storeyed building in the Republic of Ireland, The complex includes an enclosed Japanese
garden and a two-level basement garage to service the apartments – from one-bedroom
units to a luxury four-bedroomed penthouse.
Architectural Ironmonger Total Ironmongery Solutions was tasked with scheduling the
hardware for over four thousand doors on the Elysian project. Modern sleek aesthetics were
a top priority for architects Wilson Architecture whose watchwords for the development
were space and luxury. This made concealed closers the obvious choice since they are not
visible when the door is closed, avoiding the somewhat institutional and ungainly
appearance of overhead closers. TIS selected the Astra 3000 series closers because they had
worked very successfully with Astra before and because, with full adjustability, they were
powerful enough to handle the doors’ weight and width.
“Nearly every single door on this project has a concealed closer,” says AI Kevin O’Leary. “I
had previously used Astra snap concealed closers before but wanted to offer the client
something new and powerful enough for the circumstances.” This project was one of the
first projects for the Astra 3000 Series and so Astra offered TIS a full back up service. “Astra
was a great support to us on this, our biggest ever project,” says Kevin. “Regular site visits
ensured that the project ran smoothly.”
The Astra 3000 series of fully-controlled concealed door closers are a range of groundbreaking
products developed by Astra to offer all the adjustability and control of an
overhead closer, even for fire doors. Unlike other concealed closers on the market, the Astra 3000 series is fully controlled and adjustable, making it a really viable alternative to
overhead products at a sensible price.
Astra believes that the 3000 Series are the easiest concealed closer to fit on the market.
Manufactured in the UK, in four different power sizes with adjustable closing speed and
latching action for different size and weights of doors, they feature a unique hydraulic
piston assembly designed in-house by Astra. This offers an adjustable, controlled rate of
door closure together with a variable ‘snap action’ for overcoming the latch. The closers’
quality design and build makes it perfect for high traffic applications, both commercial and
Astra is well known for its door closer range including the popular Gibraltar range. The
Lancashire-based company can demonstrate many years experience in the sector and
carries out all of its own R&D in-house. It exports its British door closers all across the globe
via a network of distributors and partner companies.