Chubb adds high-tech security for new Urban Sciences building at Newcastle University

Posted On 20 Jan 2018
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Newcastle University is a member of the Russell Group, an association of prestigious research-intensive UK universities, and boasts one of the largest EU research portfolios in the UK. It attracts over 26,000 students from more than 120 different countries and plays host to nearly 6,000 members of staff.

Chubb’s access control solution for the new Urban Sciences building, which features an integrated intruder alarm, is already proven in all other buildings on Newcastle University’s campus and, given its ability to integrate with the wider security management system, was deemed to be the perfect choice for the client.

“We required a highly secure, yet flexible and user-friendly system to ensure both convenience and safety,” stated Richard Johnston, senior project manager within the Estates Support Services Department at Newcastle University. “As a new build, it was vital that the building’s security was in place for the new term.”

With the new system, the estates management team is able to print ID passes, restrict and monitor access and be highly responsive to potential incidents. Team members can review arrangements for events and monitor door usage.

The Urban Sciences building has a total of 60 doors, requiring separate zoning and access restrictions for undergraduates, post-graduates, staff and visitors alike.

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