ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems Australia met the brief to fully automate a series of 10 door panels in the boardroom of a Melbourne-based law firm.

Based in Melbourne’s CBD, Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers was founded in 1988 by Danny Gilbert and Tony Tobin as a small team of lawyers focused on providing excellent legal advice on high-profile, complex matters.


ASSA ABLOY was presented with a challenging brief: To automate a line of ten door panels that would move in unison whilst keeping the automation completely hidden. These doors would serve as a showstopper to clients, as well as showcase the innovation of Gilbert & Tobin. The end panel would function as a single entry point, operating independently of the other doors when required.


As well as being aesthetically pleasing, with no automation visible, the doors have to serve a practical purpose, and allow a large number of people quick and seamless access to and from the boardroom as well as blend in with the architectural elements of the building – all whilst moving in complete unison of each other.


ASSA ABLOY specified, recommended, supplied, installed and commissioned their SW200-OHC swinging door operators, with concealed pivot arms. Ten doors were utilised to cover the entire length of the boardroom.


With its exceptional build quality, the ASSA ABLOY SW200 meant that each operator could be fine-tuned to open and close at precisely the same speed. The result is a wall that seems to move as one, yet each door is completely independent of the one next to it.

The doors also achieve their essential purpose of practicality and automatic access, as well as the added peace of mind of 24/7 customer support and maintenance packages to ensure seamless use of the system – now and into the future.

ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems successfully delivered a sustainable and effective door automation solution for Gilbert & Tobin.