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Protecting the China Centre Building

For The University of Oxford

Protecting the China Centre Building

Contact Fire and Security were commissioned to design and install a comprehensive access control and CCTV system for the new £21m Dickson Poon China Centre for St Hugh’s College and The University of Oxford. We were delighted to accept this opportunity as it is always a pleasure to work for an organisation of this size.

The new building has floor space of nearly 5,500 square metres (excluding the Chinese central courtyard and garden) over five floors. Its dedicated library and a reading room provides a permanent home for 60,000 volumes and a large part of the Bodleian Libraries' Chinese book collection. It also features a 100-seat lecture theatre; a dining room, study areas, a state-of-the-art language laboratory; and a green, ecologically efficient roof terrace. There are 63 study/bedrooms for graduate students of St Hugh's College in the same building, as well as a range of conference and seminar facilities.


Our Solutions

We installed Avigilon HD CCTV with a mixture of HD Static Dome Cameras and HD Pan, Tilt and Zoom Cameras throughout the building. We then linked in the display cabinet alarms to the system to notify the lodge of anyone opening the cabinets. When the alarm is raised it makes a noise in the lodge and brings up the relevant camera associated with the cabinet being opened.

The system was based around the University and college chosen SALTO access control system. With some 270 access controlled doors and a mixture of student living space, conference and library areas the access control strategy was tricky to develop. The building was architecturally very impressive and the finish throughout the building had to be perfect. The SALTO system was then integrated into the college’s site wide legacy SALTO access control system.

As the building has a library owned by the University anyone with a University Card is allowed access during opening hours. To enable this with absolutely no administration from the on site staff we linked the system to the University Card Holder Database so access to this area of the building is automatically added to the cards when they use for the first time at the building with no human intervention.