Designing and Installing
    a Non-Invasive Security System

    The new Blavatnik School of Government’s mission is to inspire and promote better government across the world. Estimated to cost £55 million, it is located right in the heart of Oxford. With high-profile dignitaries and leading academics visiting from all over the world, plus a growing staff and student cohort of over 200 people, its security has to be outstanding.

    The design of this stunning building employs glass interior walls, courtyards and skylights to flood the space with natural light to promote discussion and interaction. The building boasts many flexible teaching spaces, two horseshoe-shaped lecture theatres and a forum for exhibitions and debate.

    Blavantik School InsideBuilding
    The Challenge

    With access to both the public and high profile visitors, security was a paramount concern. The building has ten ‘zones’ spread over various levels. The University needed a multi-layered system that would allow secure entry, intruder detection and a closed-circuit television monitoring network for each zone.

    For maximum future-proofing of the system, it needed to be built on an open protocol and have an integrated building management system.

    The University had a list of stipulations for their security apparatus:

    • Easy visitor flow without loss of security
    • Multi-layered security, appropriate to zone
    • The system should be tamper-proof, with on & off-site monitoring
    • Systems should merge aesthetically with the building
    • The system should be future-proofed, with a lifespan of at least 20 years
    • It should adhere to stringent University standards
    • Everything must comply with building regulations, the Data Protection Act & the Private Securities Industry Act
    The Solution

    As with all public buildings installing the right fire and security system is paramount. Chris Lewis Fire & Security designed and installed an easy-to-use, non-invasive system that guarantees the safety of its occupants, and allows for the comings and goings of permitted visitors, staff and students.

    Moreover, with world-famous visitors frequenting the building, it was designed with high levels of security in mind, including:

    • Safe routes
    • Security landscaping
    • Anti-terrorism measures
    The biggest challenge we overcame was to produce a system that would both allow freedom of movement for visitors and provide the necessary segregation in high-security areas. This was achieved through the use of Salto access products to create a complex multi-layered access control system, where building entry is controlled by fully networked perimeter doors and turnstiles. Access to office and teaching areas is controlled on an individual basis and through swipe cards on staircases and lift shafts.
    Our design consultants developed an intruder alarm system that interlinks devices throughout the building, comprising door monitoring contacts and presence detection units. It is divided into ten individually programmable zones, each controlled by authorised individuals.
    The tamper-proof CCTV system incorporates both on and off-site monitoring. HD internal fixed IP colour dome cameras and HD vandal-resistant external fixed IP day/night dome cameras ensure all areas of the building are protected.
    The Tech We Installed

    Salto Access Control System

    Interlinked Intruder Alarm System divided into ten individually programmable zones

    Internal HD IP Dome cameras

    External vandal-resistant IP day/night dome cameras

    A very happy client

    “CLFS were a real asset to the Blavatnik project. They worked hard as part of a large construction team that delivered a fantastic project for the University of Oxford. We are already working with them again and look forward to another success.”
    Mike Morris, Laing O'Rourke, Project Director

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