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University of St Andrews

In June 2014, the university embarked on a significant redevelopment of its Fife Park student housing, of which JELD-WEN partnered with Rembrand Timber Ltd to supply fire doorsets.

The university’s redevelopment plan involved demolishing the existing Fife Park student housing and replacing it with a range of new accommodation buildings, ready for the 2015 academic year. This brand new development consists of nine buildings, with a total of 80 flats and approximately 800 doorsets. 

“We couldn’t take any risks with the delivery so opted to work with a manufacturer we could trust to deliver a premium product”

George Low | Managing Director of Rembrand Timber

Given the timescales for the build and the need for completion in advance of the new term starting, the University of St Andrews needed local delivery partners they could trust which they found in WBS Keillor and Rembrand Timber. The partners needed to procure premium, reliable and certified doors which would be installed into frames by Rembrand. As a result of its competitive pricing, high levels of customer service, and excellent relationships in place, JELD-WEN was contracted to supply the 800 fire doors.

“As founding members of the BWF-Certifire scheme, JELD-WEN’s fire doors undergo regular rigorous tests and audits to ensure its products meet British Standard Regulations for fire safety and are fit for purpose,” said Mike Ward. “WBS Keillor opted for JELD-WEN’s real wood veneer fire core doors in white oak. JELD-WEN and Rembrand Timber supplied 800 FD30-rated doorsets in both 54mm and 44mm thickness. The doors were used for flat and apartment entrances, as well as utility cupboards and communal doorways.”


During the build, Rembrand Timber and JELD-WEN met revised development schedules with shortened timescales by receiving bulk orders, which were delivered in three to four drops over a six-week period. JELD-WEN’s Sheffield factory worked hard to achieve these demands, but with continual communication between Rembrand Timber and the JELD-WEN’s Sales Consultant, the project ran smoothly and the doors were delivered on time.

“The University of St Andrews development was a key project for us and we are really happy with the result,” said George Low, Managing Director of Rembrand Timber. “We couldn’t take any risks with the delivery so opted to work with a manufacturer we could trust to deliver a premium product that would meet all of the Building Regulations, as well as be delivered on time.”


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Fact sheet

Project:  University of St Andrews
Contractor:  WBS Keillor
Merchant:  Rembrand Timber Ltd
Location:  Fife, Scotland
Products:  Internal Fire Doors