Two products designed and manufactured by UAP have made the final of the AI Specification Awards 2024.
Run by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the awards celebrate excellence in architectural ironmongery specification and new product design and innovation.
UAP’s Ionic electronic lock has been shortlisted in the Product Design and Innovation (electronic) category while its Soterian Slim TS008 Letterplate has been named a finalist in the Product Design and Innovation (mechanical) category.
Both were judged by a panel of experts made up of architects, interior designers, architectural ironmongers and manufacturers who selected just four products in each category.
Launched under UAP’s Fullex-ai brand, the Ionic offers a range of innovative features which maximise security while improving the installer and end user experience, says the company.
The lock enables access using a mobile phone, a fob, a push button on the inside, or a thumb turn. It can also be paired with an App which tracks those who have opened the door and allows time settings for different users. The lock features a low wattage, wireless charging unit which takes minutes to install. To maximise security, the Ionic can detect different forms of attack on the door and the fobs can’t be cloned, claims the company. With no third-party server, all data is stored on the user’s phone and the lock’s brain in the door.
The Soterian Slim TS008 letterplate is unique to the UK market. Manufactured for 44mm – 70mm composite, timber and uPVC doors, the product is fast and easy to install, and provides a safer, more secure and convenient solution for the end user. A unique, pivoting serrated stay mechanism limits the opening to just 39 degrees, preventing key-fishing and manipulation of the thumb turn., claims the company.
David Jennings, CEO of UAP, said: “Achieving recognition in two categories at the AI Specification Awards is testament to the strength of our in-house design team and our commitment to innovation.
“With multiple patents, both the Ionic and the Soterian Slim TS008 set new standards in the hardware industry. Each has been designed with security, aesthetics and functionality in mind benefiting the whole supply chain including specifiers, manufacturers and end users.
“We’re looking forward to the prestigious final and being part of an event which celebrates the world’s best architectural ironmongery projects and products.”
A total of 32 outstanding architectural ironmongery projects and products have been shortlisted across eight categories. The winners, including an overall ‘winner of winners’, will be announced on 18 April 2024 at Southwark Cathedral, London.