Located in London’s Docklands, the O2 Arena is a multi-purpose indoor venue with the second highest seating capacity of any such venue in the UK. In 2015, the O2 was the busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales, handling no less than 1,819,487 tickets for myriad events.
Given the increase in gun crime and terrorist attacks in the UK, high capacity venues must prepare for emerging threats. Last year, the O2 Arena was faced with a problem. The venue’s interior doors were no longer fit for purpose due to wear and damage caused by the constant flow of people entering the site. The main priority for the venue’s management team was to have doors fitted which could ensure the safety of visitors and staff from fire or criminal attacks.
Abloy UK had a complete understanding of the security requirements here thanks to having worked on many Critical National Infrastructure projects across varied sectors. At the survey stage it was agreed that, in order to ensure the level of security needed and provide doors that are fire-rated, the most suitable solution was the Hillsborough BR4 ballistic doors.
These fire-rated ballistic door sets designed by Abloy UK offer protection from 9 mm handguns through to armour-piercing rounds. All system testing is to European and British Standards BS EN 1522 and BS EN 1523.
Abloy UK provided a full service for this project covering site survey, supply and installation and ensured that the job was carried out with one main point of contact (in this instance Wren Construction Limited, the main contractor on site throughout the project).
The company was able to adapt to any additional requests during the build and fit-out process. Furthermore, Abloy UK was also able to produce a bespoke colour ‘O2 blue’ to guarantee that the door sets are aesthetically pleasing in terms of matching the O2 Arena’s colour scheme.