Four essentials to specifying reliable, cost-effective physical security for a resilient campus  

Four essentials to specifying reliable, cost-effective physical security for a resilient campus  

The right choice of physical security will not only protect campus assets from criminal attack and unauthorised entry; it can also add value to workplace safety, operational efficiency and service continuity. Terry Batten of Technocover outlines four key considerations.

Look for LPCB certified equipment that will adapt to evolving needs

High security doors, enclosures, cabinets, access covers and associated physical protection are the backbone to operational continuity, often standing as the last line of defence shielding a critical asset or restricted area. But equipment must come with a robust assurance it will perform as required if subject to the assessed risk of criminal attack or infiltration by unauthorised personnel.   

LPCB third party approval provides a rigorously tested standard of security performance for a full range of risk levels, right up to terrorist. Testing is updated to Home Office edicts on security risk and certification is underpinned by ongoing audits of production quality. LPCB products are widely approved by insurers, underlining their integrity in reducing operational and public risk.

As the basis to long-term resilience, partner with an LPCB specialist with the design expertise and product scope to expand and adapt your physical security as regulations and campus operations evolve. Technocover’s leading capability includes modular, secure enclosures that can be scaled up and remodelled with panel extensions, retrofit roof systems, and new access gates - all within their LPCB certification.

Is there scope to customise to enhance site safety and efficiency?

A versatile choice of options and accessories will add significant functionality to security equipment, with benefits for safety management and site efficiency.

Make sure that available locking and hardware are compatible with your adopted house security. Technocover can tailor its systems to existing security protocols by supplying the preferred access control system (eg key, card reader, fob, swipe) and hardware that supports CCTV and alarm networks while adhering to LPCB criteria.

Other options, such as emergency panic bar exit, vision panels and internal override handles on security roof hatches, will help support the effective control of site access and emergency exit for authorised personnel.

Access cover applications may require an assisted lift mechanism, safety stays and fall protection to comply with regulations on manual handling and falls from height.

Achieve best value solutions to complex needs through ‘Total Service’

Careful design and planning will be necessary for more complex applications, for example, large access cover assemblies over plant, specialised protection of hazardous substances in laboratories, or the integration of mesh enclosures and kiosks around existing assets.

As an experienced design-to-install LPCB specialist, Technocover works closely with clients on bespoke applications to identify and resolve operational, safety and installation issues and build-in maximum functionality within LPCB parameters. This reduces the risk of reactive maintenance and unplanned interventions, achieving best ‘whole life’ value from your security investment.

Technocover’s Total Service ranges from integrated solar powering and hydraulic sliding gates on security enclosures, to full construction service from site preparation and concrete work.

Where site access is constrained or downtime an issue, Technocover provides offsite assembly of its modular buildings with pre-fitted M&E services, including heaters, along with optional racking systems, aesthetic interior wall panels, and different floor finishes such as anti-slip. These can be craned in and connected within hours for minimal impact on operational continuity.

Finishing touches – does it meet aesthetic and durability considerations?

Premature ageing of operational assets and their vulnerability to the effects of climate change are of increasing concern.

Security equipment that is not sufficiently ‘climate-proof’ will be a drain on maintenance budgets while risking service disruption if it succumbs to water, heat or wind damage from extreme weather.

Technocover uses high quality steel, galvanising and paint processes to provide 25-year service life. This assures a maintenance-free security system and extended time to replacement, to assist with reliable cost forecasting and resilience planning.

Other features for weather resilience include domed, water-shedding access covers and roofs, raised thresholds on walk-in kiosks, and water sealing systems. Doors, kiosks and louvre windows can be made to blend with contemporary or traditional architecture, using features such as arch headers and colour finishes, including wood effects.

*Technocover is a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of LPCB certificated UltraSecure physical security solutions, proven for critical infrastructure, government and public sector sites and backed by a Total Service design-to-install capability.