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A modern-day solution for a cutting-edge school
A twenty-first century school building for twenty-first century learning and teaching...
Discover the full story of how we designed, developed and installed a full CCTV, fire, intruder and access system for St Teilo’s, helping to create one of the UK’s most modern and safe learning environments.
In March 2010, the Welsh Government launched the ‘21st Century Schools Programme’, to support large-scale school building projects across Wales to meet 21st century educational needs. Part of this programme was a £25 million joint venture between Cardiff Council and the Church in Wales, which would see the build of the new St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School, Cardiff.
With capacity for 1,440 students, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and designed by award-winning architects, Austin Smith:Lord, the new school represented a fit-for-purpose learning establishment in which young people in South Wales could become empowered and ready for success in the wider world.
Panasonic’s involvement in the project began when we were selected by the appointed electrical contractor, Evans Electrical, to design and deliver a fully integrated CCTV, fire, intruder and access system for the new school.
Working closely with Willmott Dixon, the main contractor, and Evans Electricals, we created a project plan that combined our years of experience and expertise in numerous technology categories.
Putting security at the heart of the school
The positioning of the external cameras was critical to the success of the system. By situating each of the 26 cameras at carefully chosen points around the building perimeter, we were able to provide visual recording on every entry and exit point.
An intelligent approach to the risk of fire
The system was built around three panels – one situated in the main reception of the school, one in the sports complex and one in the Estate Manager’s office. These three panels controlled 10 loops and 48 zones within the school. Every loop contained a range of detectors, isolators, alarms, sirens and beacons, all working in unison to deliver a comprehensive, intelligent fire safety system.
The system linked to a large number of other mechanical and electrical devices such as the BMS, fire sprinkler system, intruder system, door closures, shutters, etc. to trigger an event if the fire alarm sounds.
Bill Clarke, Senior Services Engineer, Willmott Dixon Construction
Detecting and preventing intrusions
Intelligence and connectivity were once more key components of the system, with student safety and management, and the prevention of crime both priorities.
Headteacher’s office and reception interview room, and PIR and dual-tech detectors, the intrusion detection system was connected via a dual-com communication system to an alarm receiving centre.
Ensuring safe, secure access in all areas
A new terms starts with a new school
In playing our role within the delivery of the new school, we brought to bear the many lessons we’d learned from years of delivering such projects. So we were able to call on solid, robust processes and systems that had been proven under the most intense scrutiny.
A unique approach to a unique project
Ian Loynd, Assistant Deputy Head
But we went further than that.
Transparency, clarity and communication were hallmarks of our involvement. Applying rigorous, professional, Prince 2 project management principles, we took a thoroughly integrated approach,
Crucially, our approach was marked by honesty and pragmatism. What we said we would deliver, we delivered. Where a challenge was identified, we looked for a solution. And when the customer needed us, we were there for them.
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