Comelit integrates door entry at Omagh facility

Comelit has ‘worked sensitively’ on site at the Rathview Mental Health Facility, on the outskirts of Omagh, to supply door entry solutions ‘to ensure that a therapeutic and safe environment is created for the benefit of residents, staff, and visitors’. Situated on a rural greenfield site on the outskirts of Omagh, Rathview Mental Health Facility is a new ‘circa £2.8 million’, 1,169 m² facility that incorporates a twelve-bed Discharge Unit and a six-bed Recovery Unit, arranged around two central courtyards. One of the goals of its construction was to increase the range of community-based mental health services available in Northern Ireland. Designed by Todd Architects, it is operated by the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Comelit worked sensitively with electrical consultants on site, WYG Belfast, from the tender process to project completion, understanding the full specification requirements – from the entrance through staff stations and concierge resources. Gary Hewitt, consultant at Chubb NI, which worked on the facility, said: “This was an incredibly sensitive works programme, where the design of the building was not just important from an aesthetic perspective, but also to ensure a positive impact on the recovery process for residents, and for staff to operate in an environment where they feel safe and secure.” 

Gary Hewitt added: “Comelit products were specified through experience and evidence of the company’s understanding of requirements on site, together with the fact that its system is IP-based, and hence highly flexible and configurable. These elements allow residents to experience independence in a domestic environment, with autonomous access to their accommodation.”

In total, Comelit supplied door entry systems for all four entrance points, with four 316 Sense panels installed, along with two staff stations and a concierge unit. Each of the 12 apartments is fitted with a pull cord and emergency response button, cabled into Comelit’s Mini hands-free monitors.

Mike Campbell. Business Development manager at Comelit Group UK, concluded: “Rathview is an important development in the context of provision of mental health facilities across Northern Ireland, where every part of the site is seen as potentially having therapeutic value. We worked in partnership with the consultants on site to create a door entry solution that can ensure a balance of a welcoming, encouraging environment, while maintaining the safety and security of residents, visitors, and staff.”