Amthal Fire & Security leads the way in securing one of Britain’s oldest independent schools

Amthal Fire & Security has created a scaleable programme of works to upgrade security at St Albans School and ensure staff and pupils can inspire learning and develop values and skills to the highest standards in a secure environment. 

With former students including Professor Stephen Hawking, St Albans School – ‘the first school in Hertfordshire’ – has a rich history as a leading and celebrated independent boys’ school and co-educational Sixth Form.

With an architectural mixture of buildings dating back from the Roman-era cellar to modern extensions built in the 1990s, all set alongside a well-equipped field study centre and sports facilities, the grounds-care team was keen to ensure security was kept up-to-date.

Gary Douglas, estates manager at St Albans School, commented: “As a school catering for over 860 pupils, it’s our priority to deliver a robust level of security for everyone who works and learns here. In addition, the historical significance of the site is something we’re immensely proud of and we’re fully committed to ensuring the buildings and facilities are cared for at every level.”

Douglas continued: “With a view to upgrading our security to enable smarter solutions, Amthal Fire & Security was able to present an all-encompassing solution from perimeter systems through to CCTV and internal access control. These enhancements were carefully planned into a programme of works that’s scaleable to work around learning timetables and the continued projects designed to further our academic and co-curricular facilities.”

Amthal worked closely with the team at St Albans School right from the initial design process, acting in a project management capacity to ensure the right security systems were selected to suit the school.

Not only did this project require solutions that offered the smartest capability for the perimeter systems, where Avigilon CCTV systems have been installed, but also working within school buildings and including Paxton access control solutions that could be installed seamlessly, all without compromising the historical ambience of the architecture throughout the site.

Paul Rosenthal, sales director at Amthal, added: “There has been a school on the Abbey Gateway site for more than 1,000 years. Today, St Albans School is one of the leading day schools in the country. It’s a centre of educational excellence, occupying a campus that has been transformed and continues to grow. It’s an absolute privilege as a local company to be on board to support the Estates Team in securing the site. We were very careful in our planning and design stages to structure a full team approach with leading suppliers and present an expandable solution with the capacity to integrate with the requirements of this very impressive multi-dimensional educational institution.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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