UNION supplies hinges for Ronald McDonald housing charity project


UNION Architectural Hardware has supplied its Powerload hinges for a new 60-bedroom Ronald McDonald House near to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

A global project that was started by the founders of the McDonalds fast food chain, the Ronald McDonald Housing Charity (RMHC) aims to provide hotel-like accommodation for friends and family of hospitalised children at little or no cost.

The first RMH was built in 1974 and since then, 270 more have been constructed all over the world, from Caracas to Paris and Adelaide to Toronto.

The UNION hardware was supplied through Turentek, a specialist architectural ironmonger based in Nottingham, who provided main contractors Bowmer and Kirkland with Powerload hinges for 900 doors.

Powerload, the flagship UNION hinge range, is particularly suitable for areas where durability, reliability and low maintenance are paramount.

Encompassing three models of butt hinge and two types of lift-off hinge, the UNION Powerload product range has been tested to BS EN 1935:2002 and is CE marked.  Hinges that reach this standard have been tested to 200,000 cycles and have attained high levels of fire and corrosion resistance.

Further reinforcing the high quality and durability of the Powerload range is the 25 year guarantee that UNION offers with the product.

Paul Henstock, Sales Director at Turentek, commented:

“It has been an extremely rewarding and challenging project to complete, with a very diverse product specification.

“The Powerload hinges that were used are of a very high quality and are extremely durable.  They have performed very well and there have been no problems on site.”

This new facility, situated on Birmingham’s St Mary’s Row, has been built to incorporate 60 en-suite bedrooms and areas where families can cook and eat together.  A day-care facility has also been included comprising a play area, lounge and kitchen.

Ian Chapman, Regional Manager for UNION, commented:

“The Powerload hinge has been right at the forefront of a project that has seen almost £50,000 spent on door opening solutions.

“The product will stand the test of time, allowing this fantastic building to function to the highest standard, helping children and their families for years to come.”