The Orchard Mental Health Unit, West London


The Orchard is a new purpose built PFI funded 45 bed Women’s medium security mental health facility based in Ealing, which opened in September 2007. It is designed specifically for women who require enhanced levels of intervention and treatment within a medium secure setting. As patients are admitted from high secure, low secure and psychiatric intensive care units the security system installed needs to accomodate all these access levels whilst ensuring the privacy of patients. An ASSA security system incorporating Modular locks, mechanical and electromechanical cylinders and thumbturns was specified to meet these differing requirements.

The challenge facing ASSA ABLOY was to ensure the effective treatment of women patients in the least restrictive environment possible. Negate the dangers posed by patients to themselves and the staff treating them and provide privacy to patients but ensure staff access in an emergency.

The project required different levels of security in different areas. ASSA was able to supply an integrated solution based on its Modular lockcases. This used ASSA CLIQ electromechanical cylinders on external doors combined with ASSA mechanical cylinders on internal low and medium secure areas.

Clutch thumbturns were used to meet the client’s specific requirement to provide privacy for patients whilst still permitting staff to gain access in an emergency.

ASSA CLIQ adds electronic intelligence to standard mechanical locking. Lost or stolen keys can easily be removed from the system. Keys can be given limited access to areas, as well as time controlled zones. The system records audit trails to help maintain the integrity of the building’s security.

The modular locks and mechanical  cylinders provide the client with flexibility allowing them to integrate low and medium secure areas cost effectively with the ASSA CLIQ system.

The anti-ligature thumbturns work with the modular lockcases solving the conflicting requirements of patient privacy and staff access.