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flo-motion® Doors


Flo-motion hospital and healthcare doors

The extra large and easy to open sliding door

Specifically designed for the new Alder Hey Children's Hospital to provide child friendly, full width, glazed bedroom and ward doors. The average opening force of the 200+ Flo-Motion® doors installed at Alder Hey was 10.1N - less than 50% of the original specified force requirement.

Flo-Motion® doors feature recirculating ball guides on a special low resistance linear track with a damper mechanism. The door sets are fabricated using extruded aluminium profiles and include a self-supporting "goalpost" frame.


Available in single sliding, bi-parting and telescopic formats with a variety of designs and glazing options. BIM Objects are available for the standard doorsets and for ease of use and specification, a clear opening calculator allows you to select the best option to suits your requirements

"The extra-large, easy opening, glazed sliding doors have transformed the way single rooms work to deliver healthcare with a choice of privacy or social interaction when required without the loss of clinical observation."
David Houghton, Project Manager, Children's Health Park Project,
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


The design concept of the new Alder Hey Children's "Hospital in the Park" was inspired by children and is unique and instantly recognisable. It has captured the imagination of children, parents, staff and the wider NHS. Axis Flo-Motion® doors were designed specifically for this hospital to help bring the architect's vision into reality. Three quarters of patients will be in single rooms rather than Nightingale wards and there's an outdoor balcony overlooking the park on each floor. The importance of light and airiness was absolutely vital to the whole design concept and this meant the doors for each of the patient's rooms had to be very special. Each had to be large for ease of access for beds and equipment, glazed for brightness and airiness, have privacy blinds for examinations or just occasional solitude, and finally they had to be easily opened and closed by a child and with no power assistance.

Axis Automatic Entrance Systems Ltd were able to develop a new concept and design for a manual door which satisfied all the critical architectural and operational requirements specified by the architects, BDP. The doorsets were originally specified to meet a force of 22.5N or less and the original prototype with a door leaf weighing 135kg, just achieved this. Once production and quality components were employed, the Flo-Motion® sliding doors installed on site achieved a mean average force of 10.1N.

Flo-Motion® sliding doors have won 4 prestigious awards. Firstly, Laing O'Rourke's 2015 Construction North Award for Innovation, followed by the IHEEM 2015 Product Innovation Award. This was followed by the Building Better Healthcare Best Internal Building Product 2015 and in 2016, the European Healthcare Design Award for Innovation for Quality Improvement.

Axis manufactured and installed numerous variations of the Flo-Motion® sliding doors, from a standard single sliding door leaf only to a 7500mm glazed screen incorporating a sliding door. Doorset heights varied from 2200mm to 2700mm high.

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