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From the editor

We all aspire to being healthy, wealthy and wise, and these aspirations are addressed in this issue of Open Door. Health, as the greatest growth sector in the construction industry today, is also one where considerable innovation is taking place in the fields of doors and ironmongery. This is spelt out in the innovative approach of the Build for Health grouping, and also in the case study of Dykebar Hospital. Although everybody will soon be forced to take the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act more seriously, the health sector is definitely leading the way.

If you want to be wealthy, it is certainly sensible not to be robbed, and it is disturbing to see how many of the innovations on these pages are to do with security. But if this is a necessary evil, it is heartening to note how imaginatively the industry is addressing it.

And wise? Well, we have widened the scope of this issue of Open Door to look at doors and windows as well as ironmongery - where did you think all that ironmongery went? - and this has provided more opportunity to look at some elegant solutions and projects. You would certainly be wise to learn from these examples.

Which, of course, you will find easiest to do by taking expert advice from ironmongers in this increasingly demanding field. There is no wisdom greater than recognising one's own limitations.

Happy reading.

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