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Chubb Protects Chester Cathedral from
Anti-Social Behaviour
hubb Fire & Security Limited, a
leading provider of security
and fire-safety solutions, is
helping to protect the historic Grade
I listed Chester Cathedral from
potential vandalism and anti-social
behaviour with the installation of a
new CCTV system.Chubb is a part of
UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a
unit of United Technologies Corp.
Located in the heart of the city, the
cathedral, originally built as a
Benedictine Abbey in 1092, is
surrounded by large grounds that are
accessible from all sides and susceptible
to anti-social behaviour including
loitering, drinking and drug use. An
effective security system was needed to
monitor the grounds and deter this type
of behaviour.
Chris Jones, Inspector, Chester
Cathedral Constables, has been trained
by the Police and is registered as a
Police Officer with similar powers:
“In looking for a new CCTV system, I
referred to the Home Office guidelines
and sought the best possible solution
with the greatest functionality so it was
future-proofed for years to come.”
Following a number of site surveys with
the cathedral’s architect and English
Heritage, strict aesthetics guidelines
were imposed to preserve the site’s
Grade I listed status.
Chubb specified a system that included
a number of long-range and short-range
pan, tilt and zoom cameras as well as
static dome cameras installed inside and
outside the historic landmark. An
automatic number plate recognition
camera is also installed at the barrier
protecting access to the site, and all
systems are hard-wired or wirelessly
routed through a series of network
switches to the network video recorder
in the security office.
Each of the cameras is mounted on a
bracket that was bespoke-built by an
ironmonger and spray-painted black by
a specialist company. Each of the
brackets had to be drilled into the
mortar, not the stone, to ensure damage
was limited. A number of health and
safety briefings had to be held to ensure
engineers’ safety when climbing spiral
staircases and accessing external roof
voids and walkways.
“I have been thoroughly impressed with
the work carried out by the team. They
have had to go to extraordinary lengths
to comply with the restrictions we have
placed upon them to install the CCTV
cameras,” concludes Jones.
“The installation itself was also not
straightforward as the building is very
old and difficult to manoeuvre around.
The system is operating as we had
hoped and we are pleased with the
outcome of the project.”
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