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Council Control Rooms

by msecadm4921

North Lanarkshire Council is the fourth largest local authority in Scotland, serving a population of about 330,000 and has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

However it became apparent that the council had outgrown the capacity of the current system which was situated in several remote locations, therefore a strategic plan was devised to further enhance the monitoring of the CCTV system. Its was decided that to serve the public more efficiently and effectively the monitoring should be centralised in a dedicated self-contained control centre. Not only would this help fight crime in the area it would also make North Lanarkshire a friendly place in which to live, work and visit.

Councillor Tom Maginnis, Convener of Economic Regeneration Committee said: "The centralised monitoring station will enable the Council’s Community Safety strategies to be supported. The provision of centralised CCTV services will ensure a safer and secure environment in areas such as schools, community centres, town centres and housing estates. By centralising our CCTV monitoring activities, we will be able to provide a 24hour-365 days a year service in the support of Safer Communities within North Lanarkshire."

Intech furniture tendered for the opportunity to help on this project as they are the market leader in designing, manufacturing, and installing bespoke furniture in this highly specialist field. Peter Booth with over 25 years experience produced a concept design, with a turnkey packages for the project, which consisted of:

Technical furniture
Building works
Suspended ceilings
Electrical services
Air conditioning
Full decoration
Floor covering
UPS and generators
Mechanical services
Design and project management

After reviewing all tenders North Lanarkshire placed an order to transform an existing industrial unit into a multi disciplined command and control centre.This is one of the largest control room upgrade in recent years and this scheme has recently been awarded installation of the year at IFSEC 2007.

On this project Peter Booth worked with Scotshield Fire and Security, Wallace Whittle and the client, North Lanarkshire. Peter Booth, MD of Intech says: "I have been delighted to work on this project for many reasons. From the very start we were given an open brief which allowed us to have a free-reign in the design of every aspect of the control centre. From the client’s perspective the overall look and style of the facility was of top priority and our unique design solution produced a result rarely achieved in this environment."

"Despite the size and complex nature of the scheme I felt that we had the design flair, manufacturing capability and project management experience to cope as we have recent worked on a similar major project in the Middle East which was in excess of £1 million. After nine months on-site, which included regular update meetings every 2 weeks, I am personally very pleased with the result and I know that similar projects will hold no fear for my team."

In addition to North Lanarkshire, Intech has been involved in other local authorities, which include Stevenage, Ipswich, Norwich, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rugby, Huntington and Corby all in the last 12 months.

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