Covering nearly 9000m2 over six floors, the Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health is one of the largest centres of its kind in Europe. Chris Lewis Fire & Security was asked to design and install an extensive new security system that would protect the building’s staff, its contents, and its patients from every potential security infringement.
The new Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health is a flagship health centre designed to dramatically improve healthcare for residents of Hounslow. With nearly 9000m2 of space over six floors and over 400 members of staff, it is one of the largest centres of its kind in Europe.
This security project was subcontracted to us by electrical contractors, Darke and Taylor. We were asked to design and install an extensive security system for the new health centre that included intruder alarm and access control systems, internal and external CCTV, panic alarms, audio entry and vehicle barriers. The security solution had to meet the local Primary Care Trust’s stringent budget. We also had to ensure that any equipment installed was sympathetic to the building’s aesthetics.
Our brief also included delivering an extensive training programme to ensure that authorised staff were capable of controlling and monitoring the new systems. Graham Cousin, Project Manager at Chris Lewis Fire & Security said, “It was our responsibility to protect and secure the centre, its contents, its staff, and its patients. Due to the size and nature of the building, the security requirements were extensive. The security solution we designed caters for every potential security infringement.”
So as to avoid any variation in costs that might affect the client’s budget, the design of the security solution was agreed before any work commenced. Although budget constraints meant we had to carefully consider what equipment was used, at no time were the security arrangements compromised.