Heritage Property Fire & Security Systems

The growing importance of tourism has created significant challenges for those entrusted with managing heritage sites. Allowing public access to premises with high financial and cultural value can pose serious problems. With our comprehensive fire and security solutions, you can rest assured that your premises are protected from potential threats, allowing you to focus on providing a safe and enjoyable experience for your visitors.

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The Importance of Heritage Property Fire and Security Systems

Heritage and listed properties are prime targets for crime. In recent research, English Heritage found that in a single year, 18.7% of all listed buildings had been physically affected by crime, with lead and metal thefts being the most common. Vandalism and theft of personal possessions are also on the rise.

The theft of artefacts from heritage buildings, museums and galleries is a problem that affects institutions throughout the world. One estimate suggests that pictures and sculptures worth more than £100 million are stolen each year in the UK alone.

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ClearView provides fire and security solutions that are specifically designed for the unique needs of heritage sites. We have provided a bespoke solution for Magdalene College, that was a digital IP system that could be added to the college’s existing network, installing high performance PTZ cameras integrated,  incorporating LED infra red illuminators to improve night time recording of images. Custom made camera brackets were commissioned so that they were as aesthetically sympathetic to the building as possible.

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Key issues specific to this market sector include the security systems aesthetics – it is critical that they do not detract, distract or damage the appearance of the buildings. This applies to the cabling and communications systems used which may need to be hidden. Physical challenges like thick stone walls, high ceilings and unusual construction methods require careful design and planning.

Our security assessment will evaluate:

  • What items are we seeking to protect?
  • Who is likely to want to steal or damage them?
  • When are the intruders likely to attack?
  • How are the intruders most likely to try to gain access?

ClearView can design, install, maintain, and monitor specialist heritage security systems. 

our security systems include:

CCTV systems can play a vital role in protecting heritage buildings and preserving their historical and cultural significance for future generations. CCTV can deter theft and provide evidence in the event of a break-ins, help monitor crowds and ensure that visitors are not damaging the building or its contents. In the event of an emergency, such as a fire or a security breach, CCTV systems can help emergency responders assess the situation and take appropriate action. 

ClearView can design, install, maintain, and monitor specialist CCTV systems to ensure maximum protection of your heritage site. 

Our access control systems can protect and preserve your valuable assets by preventing unauthorised personnel from entering the building reducing the risk of theft or damage. Heritage buildings may also be subject to strict regulations governing access, such as regulations regarding the preservation of historic buildings or artefacts. Access control systems can help ensure that the building is in compliance with these regulations.

We can design, install, maintain and monitor all types of access control systems to ensure maximum protection of your premises. 

Heritage buildings may also require intruder alarm systems to help safeguard their valuable assets. Our intruder alarm systems provide increased security, early detection of security breaches, deterrence of criminals, and increased peace of mind. By installing and maintaining an intruder alarm system, heritage buildings are better protected from theft, vandalism, and other security threats, as well as complying with your insurance requirements. 

ClearView can design, install, maintain, and monitor your intruder alarm systems to provide maximum protection of your premises.  

Our gate and barrier installation and maintenance provide heritage buildings with enhanced security, improved traffic control, preservation of the building and grounds, and compliance with regulations. By implementing gates and barrier systems, heritage buildings can better control access to their premises and reduce the risk of damage or security breaches.

As an approved Gate Safe installer, we can fully install and maintain your gate and barrier systems to the highest of standards.  

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Fire Safety Systems

Fire safety is an important consideration for any property, but it is particularly critical for heritage properties that have unique architectural and cultural value.

It is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Act 2005, that all non-domestic properties have fire safety systems in place and conduct regular fire risk assessments (FRA). 

Heritage buildings may also be more susceptible to fire due to their unique features, such as wooden structures, aging electrical systems, and outdated heating and ventilation systems. These features can increase the risk of fire, so it is important to have fire detection and suppression systems in place to mitigate these risks. 

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our fire safety systems include

Fire alarm and smoke detection systems are crucial in heritage buildings to protect both the building and its occupants, as well as to preserve their historical and cultural value. With our BAFE accreditation, we can design, install, maintain and monitor your fire alarm systems to ensure your building is fully compliant and protected. 

Fire extinguishers are an important part of fire safety in all types of buildings. They can help to prevent small fires from becoming large and dangerous, but proper training, maintenance, and placement are essential to ensure their effectiveness in an emergency.

Regular maintenance and inspection of fire extinguishers is also essential to ensure they are in good working order and can be relied upon in the event of a fire. ClearView can supply, install, test and maintain your fire extinguishers to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation and the ultimate protection of your occupants and premises. 

Emergency Lighting is an important safety feature in any building, and it is particularly important in heritage buildings due to their unique characteristics and cultural value. Many heritage buildings have complex layouts and structures that can make evacuation during an emergency more challenging.

Emergency lighting can help guide people to safety by illuminating exit routes, stairs, and other important features of the building. These systems provide compliance with fire safety legislation, ensuring the safety of occupants and reduces the liability risks for building owners or the responsible person/s. 

ClearView can supply, install, and maintain your emergency lighting systems to meet your unique requirements and to comply with legal requirements. 

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Passive Fire Protection

At ClearView, we specialize in passive fire protection installation and hold certification from the IFC for our fire stopping installation and fire door installation works. Our  fire door repair, remedial works, and fire door maintenance services ensure that your heritage premises are fully compliant with the relevant British Standards.

We are committed to providing high-quality fire door and fire stopping products from reputable UK manufacturers that have been individually tested to guarantee compliance with British Standards. We recognise the importance of passive fire protection as a critical component of structural fire safety and follow UK building regulations, which mandate the incorporation of Passive Fire Protection measures in all new buildings and refurbishments.

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Your Heritage Fire & Security Questions Answered

Heritage buildings often have unique architectural features and materials that can increase the fire risk such as wooden structures, thatched roofs, and old electrical wiring. Additionally, the layout of heritage buildings can make it more difficult for occupants to escape in the event of a fire.

Security measures in heritage buildings should be carefully balanced with their historical significance. This can be achieved through discreet security measures such as CCTV cameras, intruder alarm systems, and access control systems. Security measures should be integrated into the building’s architecture and design where possible.

To protect heritage buildings against theft and vandalism, a comprehensive security plan is crucial, including physical security measures such as locks, shutters, and gates/barriers. Having a well-lit exterior and monitoring the building with CCTV cameras and intruder alarm systems is also essential. Additionally, regular maintenance and upkeep can help deter vandalism by keeping the building in good condition.

Fire safety measures in heritage buildings should include smoke detectors, fire alarms, emergency lighting, fire doors, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems where appropriate. It is also important to have regular fire risk assessments carried out, a well-planned evacuation procedure, and to regularly train staff and occupants on what to do in the event of a fire.

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Heritage Fire and Security Systems

Protect your heritage building with our advanced fire and security solutions. Our team of highly skilled professionals will work with you to design, install, and maintain a comprehensive system that meets the unique challenges of heritage buildings.

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