Case Studies

The Hudson office integrations

by Mark Rowe

The Hudson office building has had electronic safety and security systems fitted including access control, CCTV, fire and intruder detection and Disabled Refuge Alarm (DDA), besides intercom and an Integrated Reception System (IRS).

With about 23,000 square feet of office space spread over five floors, and about one minute’s walk from Vauxhall Station, The Hudson is a decommissioned government building in south London. The systems installed by London-based WLS include:

– A full L2 fire alarm system incorporating Apollo fire detection sensors integrated with an Advanced MXPro5 control panel.
– Baldwin Boxall Disabled Refuge Alarm (DDA).
– BPT intercom which allows visitors to communicate with reception personnel to gain entry to the building.
– Dahua CCTV to deter anti-social behaviour and theft.
– Paxton access control which, besides restricting access to private areas, can also provide real-time reports for fire and security purposes as to who is inside the building.
– Texecom intruder detection to protect the building out of office hours.
– Triax Integrated Reception System (IRS)

WLS has made various integrations. The fire alarm, for example, has been integrated with the access control; this allows all doors to be automatically unlocked in the event of fire to ensure no one is trapped inside. To avoid nuisance alarms, the fire system has been integrated with the DDA system, so that the latter will only be activated when there is a fire alarm event.

WLS has also integrated the fire alarm with various building services such as the lifts, air conditioning, toilet vents and the mechanical control panels.
Two-way interaction between the access control and intercoms provides smooth use of the doors no matter which of the two systems is used to gain entry, while thanks to the integration of the access control and intruder alarms, unauthorised users are prevented from entering the building unless the intruder alarm is unset.

The contract for the turnkey electronic security was awarded to WLS by electrical and mechanical firm Sapphire Mechanical UK Ltd. Nick Power, Commercial Director of Sapphire Mechanical said: “Having previously worked with WLS on 14 other projects, we were pleased they were able to submit a competitive proposal for The Hudson and that we were able to once again work in partnership to provide an integrated solution which meets the client’s demanding requirements.

“The rapport we have established with the WLS pre-sales and technical teams has helped ensure there has been good communication throughout every stage of the project and as a result, it was completed on time and without any snags. A 21st century workplace should have electronic security solutions which are robust, reliable and easy to use, whilst collectively creating a totally safe and secure environment for visitors and those who work within it. I am pleased to report that in this respect WLS has exceeded the client’s expectations.”

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