The Royal Opera House


Architects, Dixon Jones & BDP, turned to us when the client challenged them with sourcing ironmongery which maintained the tradition and splendor of the House, but which also complied with the latest standards. Given the previous experience of our scheduling and problem-solving skills, the architects’ asked us to provide the ironmongery schedule for each and every door including some doors where brand new solutions and products were required to suit the clients’ requirements. This included the first ever fire rated concealed door shear maglock. The final logistics involved in supplying the ironmongery to this project were very complex with over 2,000 doors and 8 different contractors carrying out the works.

To compliment the décor of the House, we supplied the auditorium and public facing areas in polished bronze, with stainless steel fittings to the back of house areas. Purpose made fittings were cast to match original pieces. All areas used a high-tech concealed access control system working alongside the latest re-alarm activated door closing devices. We supplied and installed low-energy automatic operating devices to the Disabled entrances and toilet facilities that ran from concealed, silent-running compressors activated by touch sensitive ironmongery.


  • Polished bronze to front of house public facing areas
  • Aesthetically pleasing concealed fittings where possible, such as door closers
  • Sympathetic fittings to suit the surroundings
  • Concealed switch activation devices to facilitate ease of escape/egress through security doors.
  • Bronze finished Projection Hinges
  • Complex, high-security master key system incorporating over 17 sub-suites, common cylinders and approximately 1,000 cylinders in 6 different finishes
  • Bespoke products cast to match original features

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John Planck - Architectural Hardware - Royal Opera House
John Planck - Architectural Hardware - Royal Opera House
John Planck - Architectural Hardware - Royal Opera House