The 67-acre King’s Cross site is being transformed into an exciting live-work-play area of London with 50 new buildings, 1 900 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 new public parks and squares and 26 acres of open space. The development, which includes homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools and even a university, offers a safe and secure managed environment for residents, businesses and visitors.
QCIC was appointed to design the physical security and technical security systems for Q1, a 38 000 sq ft (3 530m2) office building spread over three floors, with a striking silhouette and dynamic “checkerboard” aesthetic.
We executed our scope of work by first reviewing existing scheme designs to issue a Security Needs Assessment (SNA) report, compliant with the requirements of BREEAM HEA 06. This was followed by the Developed Design stage. QCIC performed value engineering exercises during this stage, which involved the investigation of alternative materials and design solutions, to achieve cost-effective and aesthetic solutions. As with the other buildings at King’s Cross, the latest technology will reduce running costs and minimize environmental impact. Our contribution also included design assurance, construction support and commissioning, and handover.
The electronic security design consisted of automated access control, CCTV and intercom systems, unified into a single platform for monitoring from the site control room. This integration ensures that daily operations can be managed without having to switch between separate software systems.
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