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Office upgraded by Antron Security and Inner Range

by Andy Clutton

Kajima Properties’ new development at 77 Coleman Street in the City of London is a multi-tenant office set over seven floors. BNP Paribas acts as the managing agent, while the redevelopment was designed by architect Buckley Gray Yeoman.

The redevelopment included installing external facades as well as creating floors of new office space, and 16,000 sq ft of retail, leisure and restaurant space.

BNP Paribas and Kajima Properties wanted a seamless and efficient access system to allow bona fide users and visitors easy access through reception and lifts to their desired location. This needed to be underpinned, but not impinged by, a robust security management system including CCTV to keep people and the building safe. They wanted to keep any waiting time in reception to an absolute minimum to avoid crowding, including good access for disabled users, and for all entry to be touchless.

Tenants and reception staff would need an easy to use system for managing visitors. While an entry phone and door automation would be required for anyone arriving out-of-hours, or at the rear of the property, such as for deliveries and trades people with equipment. A key part of the brief was also for any installed equipment, such as turnstiles and lifts, to be in keeping with the look and feel of the building.

Antron Security project managed the design, supply and installation of the access control and security system with Inner Range providing the core access and security management system, Integriti, enabling Antron Security to build the bespoke solutions required.

The end result

Kone lift ‘destination control’ managed by Inner Range’s Integriti access control, interfaced with IDL speed lane turnstiles, proximity cards and Forge’s Bluepoint management system. The building’s 2000+ regular users are issued secure proximity cards, carrying encrypted information about when and where the user is allowed to go.

For the turnstiles in the reception area, Antron Security and IDL worked with the vision set out by the architect to create a system that was in keeping with the design of the building. A bespoke set up of slim ‘speed lane’ turnstile pedestals, together with a separate glass gate were fitted in the reception area where space is limited, but security provisions and good disabled access are needed. IDL’s Glassgate 200 opens away from the user, and closes behind, preventing tailgaters. Readers for proximity cards and QR codes were set into the speed lanes to create a seamless flow through the reception area.

Inner Range’s Integriti also allowed Forge’s Bluepoint visitor management system to integrate with IDL’s turnstiles and the Kone lifts.

A BTP XIP intercom system which uses an ethernet distribution network was installed to allow visitors out-of-hours to contact the security team, or for deliveries and trades people to use in order to access doors at the rear of the building.

CCTV cameras from Hikvision’s ‘superior’ range have been installed throughout the site to create a hard-wired IP surveillance system. They are integrated with the Integriti access control system, which allows for ‘cause and effect’ monitoring. System protocols automatically bring up specific camera feeds for security managers to view in response to alerts, and footage can be viewed holistically along with other information on from Integriti, such as if a door has been left open.

Jamie Crane, Commercial Director at Antron Security, said: “The flexibility of Inner Range’s Integriti access control system and Forge’s Bluepoint visitor management allowed us to incorporate high-level lift integration (known as ‘destination control’). Together, they create a future-proof solution as we can continue to meet the ever-changing requirements of the landlord and tenants via our ability to integrate with third party systems and devices such as lifts, intercoms, lighting and building management devices.”

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