Thames Valley Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the area covered by the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and is the largest non- metropolitan police force in the UK.
They cover 2,200 square miles (5,700 km2), 196 miles of motorway and a population of over 2.34 million people.
Century Fire & Security Ltd have provided robust and reliable Service & Maintenance support to Thames Valley Police for many years. We were approached by TVP to re-design and replace an existing automated gate entry system which had reached the end of its life.
Due to our previous proven track record, we were asked to serve as Principal Contractor, to provide and oversee all groundworks, and manage Access Control and Electrical sub-contractors.
The original gates
Recognising that our solution had to provide a highly secure and completely reliable automated system combined with a high-speed operation for when Response Vehicles are leaving the station, we designed our solution around the CEN9500HD Bi-Fold Gate System.
Our bi-folding trackless speed gates typically open at more than twice the speed of traditional swinging gates of an equivalent size which ensures a fast flow of traffic whilst maintaining security of the site. They are rated for 100% Continuous Operation Duty Cycle and are fully compliant to BS/EN 12453.
For overall look and finish, we specified a 358 mesh infill and a Power Coated RAL 5012 colour scheme. So that the adjoining pedestrian gate and infill panels matched our proposed gates, we allowed to remove these from site, shot blast and powder coat to RAL 5012.
Over a tightly controlled 2-week program, we removed the old gates and automation system, carried out extensive groundworks (including a huge 900×1300 excavation for the gate control tower) and prepared the site for the delivery of the new gates.
Once the new gates were in place, we re-tarmacked all surrounding surfaces and laid new Thermoplastic Road Linings to give clear warnings to motorists.
Removal of old gates and preparation for new solution
The new gates are fixed into place
The End Result
The completed project totally refreshes the existing entry point into the site, and provides a secure, compliant, reliable and fast acting security perimeter.
Completed bi-folding trackless gates