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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Global, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
July 2, 2020

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The 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report

Modern access control integrated into Edwardian décor at Kenilworth Court

Amthal has worked closely with the management team and residents at Kenilworth Court to ensure fire and security upgrades on site occur without compromising on aesthetics of the Edwardian mansion blocks. The SSAIB-accredited firm explains more about the project.

Amthal-KenilworthCourt-20Situated in Putney, Kenilworth Court consists of eight purpose built Edwardian style blocks of flats, completed in 1904 – 1905. Featuring 150 portered flats, with a garden in the middle, it is now run by the controlling company, Kenilworth Court Co-ownership Housing Association Ltd.

The opportunity to upgrade door entry from audio to video capability saw the initial introduction of Amthal to the development.

Understanding the importance of keeping with original design features, working closely with the management team and residents, from initial specification through installation and project completion, Amthal now additionally maintains security gates and all fire requirements on site.

Steve Logie, General Manager at Kenilworth Court Co-Ownership Housing Association Ltd, says: “With the historic significance of our development, and the pride of notable residents who have lived here, any upgrades, however small, must be carefully considered with regards to how it will impact on the aesthetics of the overall premises.

“Amthal understood this and worked closely with us and our residents, carefully taking in feedback to create bespoke video door entry solutions that blend with the grand entrances.  Installation was sympathetic, always ensuring wiring was discreet and ‘boxed in’ where necessary. So impressed with their customer service and technical ability, we now consider them our preferred supplier for all fire and security maintenance.”

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Based on resident feedback, Amthal created and installed a bespoke CAME BPT brass entrance panel for Kenilworth Court, allowing all homeowners to benefit from stylish video door entry technology.

Residents and staff also benefit from an upgraded Paxton Net2 access control system, with dedicated fobs distributed to ensure safe and secure block entry.

Phil Bryant, Amthal Strategic Accounts Team Manager added: “The key to our success with Kenilworth Court was taking the time initially to create an installation works programme with video door entry systems that could blend in visually without disrupting the architectural aesthetic of the development. We spoke with the management team and residents throughout the design process, bringing door entry styles and samples to ensure everyone was confident in the installed final solution.

“From this our engineering team and customer service has built up a trusting relationship where residents understand our needs to operate internally, sometimes within apartments themselves and also through communal areas.  And the management team has peace of mind that fire and security requirements will be maintained to exceed standards across the development.”

Independently owned, Amthal Fire & Security is accredited by the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) and British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE.)

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