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Case Study: Luton Hoo

Luton Hoo is a magnificent mansion house with extensive grounds on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire that is now the home of a five star hotel, spa and golf club. Keeping such a site secure and safe poses a number of challenges that iFacility was quick to rise to that challenge.

“The surveillance system had to be practical, flexible, and sympathetic with the Grade I listed mansion and its surroundings. We gave iFacility the challenge, and their solution exceeded our expectations.” commented the Estate Manager.

iFacility’s Analysis

Luton Hoo needed a comprehensive surveillance system that would keep its guests, staff, buildings and grounds safe. iFacility’s team of specialists analysed the building and its environs and determined that at least 150 security cameras needed to be installed to provide total coverage of the internal and external spaces. But how could they avoid major installation works, disruption, and damage to the aesthetics of the site?

The Solution

The Estate Manager explains; “iFacility proposed a competitively-priced IP surveillance system that matched our requirements perfectly. They led the project from the start, giving us advice on the types of cameras that we would need, and where they should be placed for comprehensive yet unobtrusive coverage. Installation caused minimal disruption, as all cameras are linked to our computer network.”

The Advantages of the New Installation

Richard continues, “We can access every single camera quickly and easily, from any computer, as and when we want. Large screens in the security office display live images from every part of the 1,065 acre grounds 24 hours a day.”

  • Crime prevention: “All entrances and exits are monitored, and in the unlikely event of a theft or intruder, we can rely upon the IP cameras to provide clear, high resolution images.”
  • Site monitoring: “The system has proved invaluable for making sure that our extensive grounds are safe and well-maintained. For example, last winter we used them to check that all roadways were being kept clear of snow.”
  • Day-to-day operations: “We can keep an eye on operations across the entire site quickly and easily, monitoring staff activity and checking that all systems are running smoothly.”

Looking To The Future

Since the first restoration phase, Luton Hoo built Warren Weir, a self-contained private function and conference complex on the banks of the River Lea. Despite its distance from the main hotel, iFacility was able to add IP security cameras onto the same network, meaning that installation was swift and cost-effective.

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The need to provide a very extensive security and surveillance system and do so in a way that would be both discrete and unobtrusive to the guests at Luton Hoo.

At the same time provide a solution that provides a substantial deterrent to criminal behaviour anywhere across the extensive site.

Install 150 cameras - sufficient to cover the buildings and the large grounds - without any significant disruption either to the guests' experience or the day-to-day operation.

Any installation also had to be mindful that the building is a Grade I listed building and that is imposes certain restrictions on what can be done in terms of retrofitting wiring.

The installed camera system provides coverage for all entrances and exits, so unauthorised intruders can be both acknowledged and - thanks to the high resolution images - identified.

Management staff can keep a close eye on activities across the whole site, keeping a discrete eye on staff activity and ensuring that everything is running smoothly.

Increased safety on the site - from the obvious case of spotting intruders through to checking that roadways in winter stay clear of snow.
“The surveillance system had to be practical, flexible, and sympathetic with the Grade I listed mansion and its surroundings. We gave iFacility the challenge, and their solution exceeded our expectations.”

"iFacility proposed a competitively-priced IP surveillance system that matched our requirements perfectly."

"Installation caused minimal disruption, as all cameras are linked to our computer network."

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