Access control

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When you’re looking to secure your business property, you want to control who can access it and when.

Co-op Secure Response offer a large range of access controls and a member of our team can carry out a free consultation to help you choose which one suits your business best. 

Co-op Secure Response access control options

Intercom devices

An intercom device will allow you to decide who can gain access to the premises. They work by connecting two or more points on site, allowing communication between them. Some allow you to see the person who requests entry, others to only speak to them. If the intercom is required to decide whether to allow someone access through a gate, Co-op Secure Response can also add a button for you to open the gates. You can also select between wireless and hard-wired installation. 

A multiway intercom can handle 30+ call buttons – which is ideal if you have numerous places you would like the intercom system to control or for domestic use in a block of flats. 

Other benefits of an intercom include:

  • Suitable for business and domestic use
  • Hard-wired gate intercom systems prove to be highly reliable once fitted    
  • Multiway systems can be coupled up with integrated video and keypads for staff to key or swipe in automatically
  • Wireless intercom installation causes little to no disruption by wiring into walls or flooring 

Wireless intercom considerations

One thing to consider if you are thinking of installing a wireless intercom is the distance between the gate and the receiver. Too far and signalling can become an issue. Also, if your building structure has a lot of iron and steel components, this can cause electro-magnetic interference. Nearby mobile telephone masts, electricity power lines and radio/tv transmitters can also cause interference.

Proximity cards

These are contactless cards which can be read without inserting into them a reader device. They each have an encoded identification number that is read when the card is held up to a reader device. They can be used to open gates and internal doors. They have wireless capability or can be hard wired.

The benefit of these cards is that only people who have them can access parts or all of the premises (depending on how you have it set up). Other benefits include:

  • Suitable for regular use – Proximity cards are easy to use and can withstand regular daily use
  • Portable – proximity cards can be made to attach to keys, lanyards etc. or be like a credit card
  • Customisable security – you can add on features such as photographic identification or custom logos to the cards. This makes it easier for any on-site security staff to identify people who are granted access

Gates installation

Co-op Secure Response can recommend and install gates which are ideal products they provide are ideal for both domestic and business use and come in a variety of materials to give you plenty of choice. We can discuss your needs and help you decide which style and type of gate will help you get the most security for your business.

All gates provided by Co-op Secure Response are bespoke. You can show us a design of your own or we can work to match an existing structure. Whether you would like manual or electronically operated, single or double leaf, hinged, sliding or cantilever/trackless configurations, we can supply and install a vast range of gates for both commercial and residential premises. 

Wooden gates

As well as offering security, wooden gates can look more attractive compared to other materials. You have the choice of different types of hardwood or softwood gates including: 

  • Softwood – This type of wood comes from evergreen trees such as pine, fir or spruce. Its name doesn’t refer to the property of the wood, simply the type of tree it’s made from
  • Hardwood – Comes from deciduous trees (they lose their leaves in winter) that have broad leaves and produce a fruit or nut. Oak, maple and ash trees are some examples of hardwood
  • Sipo Hardwood – This wood is sometimes called Utile and is extremely resistant to decay, making it an excellent choice for gates and fences
  • Iroko Hardwood – This wood comes from the West African Iroko tree and is both strong and durable. It is often used for outdoor gates and doesn’t require much maintenance with oils or varnishes
  • Prime Oak – Oak wood comes in different ‘grades’ which denote its quality. Prime oak is taken from the centre of the trunk which means only a few beams can come from one tree. The grain of the wood is typically cleaner and smoother than other grades available

We can install the following products using wood as the primary material: 

  • Driveway gates
  • Garden gates
  • Wooden five bar gates
  • Wooden sliding gates
  • Wooden garage doors
  • Wooden gate posts
  • Custom wooden gates

We can also include any gate automation installation alongside these projects.

Wrought iron gates and railings

Iron is a raw material which is mined, refined, and wrought into gates that are durable and long-lasting.  It is popular for creating ornamental but also functional metalwork. While steel is the stronger metal of the two, wrought iron is often chosen for aesthetic purposes and is still very strong.

Steel gates

Steel gates are strong and durable as steel is corrosion resistant and is rust-proof. They can also be painted in a variety of colours if you would like them to blend with any existing colours that signify your business or property. 

All steel gates installed are finished to an excellent standard using a high-quality heat cured Polyester Powder Coat paint finish in a wide range of colours. To extend the life of the gates, before painting the gates can go through something called a hot dipped galvanizing process. This means that the steel is coated with zinc for added protection and durability. To create a bright and clean finish we can also support galvanisation with a wash in a mordant solution. This helps any paint coating to adhere better and last longer. 

Hybrid gates

Hybrid gates are made from wood and metal combined. If the gate needs to aesthetically match other wooden fences around it, the frame can be made from metal and clad in wood or timber, so it doesn’t look out of place. The combined materials make these gates strong and long-lasting.

Automatic gates

Automatic or electric gates allow you maximum control over who comes in and out of your property or business. Our Automatic Security gates can be controlled in a wide variety of ways. Gates can be operated through hydraulic rams or with a concealed automation system. 

Cantilever gates

Cantilever gates are a sliding gate that doesn’t require a concrete track underneath it as it slides open or closes. This means vehicles can drive smoothly through once the gate has fully slid back into its fixed rollers. They are different to a sliding gate, which requires a track and wheels along the base to help it to open and close.

Automatic cantilevered sliding gates are ideal and a popular choice for properties with not enough space for a swinging gate. They are durable and can withstand forces from wind and gravity with help from braces and struts which also prevent sagging.

We can install cantilever gates where the gate is supported from one end when opening and closing. A single leaf cantilever gate can be made up to widths of 10m and installed on a range of grounds. 

Gates planning permission

Before you decide to put up a fence, wall or gate you must check whether you require permission from the local authority. Planning permission is required if you wish to erect or add to a fence, wall or gate if it falls under any of the following criteria: 

  • It would be over 1 metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of such a highway); or over 2 metres high elsewhere
  • Your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an article 4 direction or a planning condition which is a restriction councils put in place to protect an area for historical or conservational reasons
  • Your house or business premises is a listed building or on the area of land attached to a listed building
  • The fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or the area of land attached to it

Taking down a fence, wall, or gate doesn’t require planning permission. Neither does maintaining or improving an existing fence as long as you don’t increase the height. This could change, however if you are located in an area protected for conservation purposes. 

More information on planning permission for gates (and fences) can be found here.

Bollards

A bollard is a short, vertical post that can restrict traffic in an area. Bollards can be used to protect property, driveways and carparks from crimes like vehicle theft, ram-raid attacks on garages or storage areas and unwanted vehicles parking on your premises. We supply different types of bollard and are happy to discuss your options with you.

Here’s a list of the kind of bollards available and their main purposes and benefits.

Car park barriers

  • Control flow of traffic onto your property
  • Secure vehicles on property if left overnight or for long periods of time
  • Provide access control at all times
  • Can be made retractable – Can lower into the ground rather than be manually operated from vertical to horizontal

Anti-ram raid bollards

  • Larger and stronger than standard retractable bollards 
  • Typically protect buildings, perimeters, property and ATM machines.
  • Designed with 5mm steel gauge wall for added strength and durability
  • Can be reinforced with inner steel core to provide a 7mm gauge steel wall 
  • Health and safety compliant - When lowered these bollards do not cause an obstruction or trip hazard 

Automatic bollards

  • Used for driveways, parking management systems and access control 
  • Varying methods of control are available - Remote control operation, numeric keypad entry, automatic number plate recognition and a variety of window tag entry options are available

Telescopic bollards

  • Ideal for driveways/vehicle forecourts, private car parks, garages and private roadways 
  • Provide high level security to protect and deter theft of vehicles, trailers, boats and caravans
  • Retractable versions are easy to use and operate
  • Manual versions are simply pulled from the ground and locked into position 
  • Can be secured either using high security push button lock or an alternative detachable padlock

Fixed hoop barriers 

  • Suitable for protecting vehicles, entrances and to secure your perimeter 
  • Ideal for garages, forecourts, driveways and carparks
  • Hoop barriers can be totally lifted out from in ground sockets, part lifted to act as a gate or installed as a fixed barrier to remain permanently in position

Bollard regulations

As with fences and gates, bollards could be subject to planning permission due to their height and their installation requiring the creation of holes in the ground. The Department for Transport have a document detailing bollard and pedestrian movement here, but a few important things to note are:

  • Bollards must not restrict pedestrian movement in a negative way – or have a negative impact on the environment they are placed in
  • “Bollards must be positioned to maximise…stand-off distance.” Stand-off distance is a security term that means the distance required to protect an area from a threat, be that a vehicle, person, firearm or explosive device 
  • The space between bollards has a maximum requirement of 1,200mm
  • The height and visibility of bollards must be considered to ensure they are visible in all conditions including low light and busy times if they are located in an area with a lot of pedestrians
  • Bollards must be placed to prohibit vehicles from an area, but not force pedestrians to walk in a dangerous place (i.e. the road)
  • Reflective tape is often a preferred addition to a bright coloured (usually yellow) bollard to aid visibility 

For best practice, contact your local highways department or council to get specific requirements for the instalment of bollards on your property.

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