EasyGate LG Speed Gates
with HG Pegas Access Gates
Grade A Office
Canary Wharf Management
At 50 storeys and 244 metres tall, One Canada Square, owned by Canary Wharf Group, is the second tallest building in London. It is home to a mix of high quality offices and retail units. With around 10,000 people transiting the lobby speed gates each day. Ensuring that only authorised individuals gain entry to the building is a priority for the building owners.
After a review of security measures, Canary Wharf Management identified that the operation of the existing Speed Gates no longer provided suitable protection against a revised threat analysis. The Speed Gates were therefore end of life cycle and required to be replaced.
One of the requirements set out by the client was that the installation of new Speed Gates should avoid tenant disruption or damage to the high quality surface finishes within the lobby area. Effectively, that meant providing a new design within the existing footprint of the Speed Gates. In keeping with the high quality Grade A office, the new installation also had to complement the sleek aesthetics of the corporate reception.
Situated between the DLR and Jubilee line, with offices, a restaurant/ bar and a shopping mall, the lobby at One Canada Square forms a hub for a high number of people transiting the lobby 7 days a week. The new Speed Gates had to be fast, reliable and efficient; whilst presenting a security deterrent against unauthorised access.
Meesons were approached for their proven track record of supplying bespoke Speed Gate solutions that incorporate the latest security technology to prestigious office developments.
After consultation with the client, Meesons’ proposed a bespoke solution to provide 20 lanes of EasyGate LG and four HG Pegas Access Gates, across eight locations within the ground floor of the building.
The EasyGate LG Speed Gate features swift retractable wings that open in only 0.4 seconds, making it an ideal choice for managing high throughput areas such as those at One Canada Square. It incorporates anti-tailgating detection, with 40 pairs of optical sensors that detect when someone attempts to follow the person in front,
instantly locking the gates in their closed position. The Speed Gates feature a silent and smooth operation, keeping noise levels within the lobby to a minimum. All the new Speed Gates at One Canada Square featured shatter proof 1800mm laminated low iron glass wings and infill barriers to reduce the risk of climbing over the gates. Retractable wings were fitted into the Speed Gate cabinet on two of the wider access lanes to provide additional delivery access.
Meesons supplied four HG Pegas Access Gates, which are accessible by mobility impaired persons. The design provided an enhancement for ease of access. The swing gate operates away from the user in either direction. Low level reader panelswere integrated into the sides of the cabinet on the wide access lanes to assist
wheel chair users. Meesons’ Pegas Access Gates feature black glass and brushed stainless steel to complement the Speed Gates aesthetics.
Anti-climb technology was also incorporated into the cabinets along with different alarm tone outputs to aid the security team identify the nature of security alarm and responded immediately. Following previous experience with the old Speed Gates the Canary Wharf Group logo was etched onto the glass wings of the Speed Gates and Pegas Access Gates, as well as the post mounted 1800mm high glass infill panels, to ensure a durable finish.
As a means to future proof the installation, visitor card collectors were integrated into eight of the Speed Gate cabinets providing one visitor card collection box per bank. Canary Wharf Management requested that QR readers were incorporated into 16 cabinets to allow alternative use of the code via smartphone, tablet or paper.
The installation work was phased over a series of weekends with a just-in-time seamless removal and installation programme to avoid any disruption to staff and visitors. The lobby at One Canada Square facilitates the entry and egress of over 20,000 people per day whilst maintaining the integrity of the security at
One Canada Square.
The Building Manager at One Canada Square commented;
“It was essential for our business to appoint a service provider that could deliver a bespoke security product suitable to the current threat level. It was also critical for the installation to be planned in detail to ensure that the security of our lobby was not compromised during the installation.”