Two flagship digital technology buildings on the Middlesbrough campus of the University of Teesside are protected by CCTV, alarm and access control systems installed by leading electronic security solutions provider, Secom plc. The solutions were selected as part of the £3.75 million mechanical and electrical services contract for the two new buildings which are part of the university’s DigitalCity initiative.
The Secom solutions provide high technology security for the £10 million Athena Building and the £12 million Phoenix Building, giving the university’s security staff the tools to ensure the buildings are protected to the same high standard as other facilities on the campus. Secom’s installation includes digital CCTV cameras to cover the buildings’ exteriors and key internal areas, intruder alarm systems, and access control systems. The buildings are linked to the university’s central security office by fibre optic cables and an intercom system. Both buildings are on Woodlands Road, a short distance from the Middlesbrough town centre.
Secom installed the solutions for M&E contractor SES, a leading building services provider which has been involved in DigitalCity since the initial stages of the project. Secom Regional Manager Phil Lamb says: “We welcome this opportunity to support the university with solutions that protect its property and its investment in technologically advanced facilities – while also providing a safe environment for staff and students.”
The Athena Building houses the Centre for Creative Technologies, it provides purpose built undergraduate studios for students in design, computing and media in one of the country’s leading teaching environments for digital design, multimedia journalism, computer graphics and animation. The Phoenix Building, home of the Institute of Digital Innovation, develops the university’s successes in animation, computer games design, digital film and sound, visualisation, and virtual reality.