The British Embassy, The Hague

The Client:

The British Embassy, The Hague

The Challenge:

Protecting a vital government building from vehicle-borne threats, while accommodating for unique local landscaping requirements.

The Objective:

Implementing a physical security system that covers all entrances and exits and controls access to the site.

The Solution:

Manufacture, delivery and installation of a new access control system.

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    The Client:

    The British Embassy, The Hague

    The Challenge:

    Protecting a vital government building from vehicle-borne threats, while accommodating for unique local landscaping requirements.

    The Objective:

    Implementing a physical security system that covers all entrances and exits and controls access to the site.

    The Solution:

    Manufacture, delivery and installation of a new access control system.

    The Client:

    The British Embassy in Den Haag is a vital government building responsible for maintaining and developing relations between the UK and the Netherlands. The site plays host to diplomats and government officials from both nations and provides essential services to British citizens visiting and living in the Netherlands.

    The Challenge:

    ATG Access were instructed to replace and upgrade the access control system for the Embassy to one that complied with new strict city-wide standards. As part of the upgrade, several specific project guidelines needed to be met.

    The Objective:

    In order to maintain access to the embassy and reduce disruption, the client instructed ATG Access that each access point was to be installed individually. This process also included removing the existing access control equipment from each location during the works.

    As part of the planning agreement with the city of Den Haag, the design of the sleeves and the finish (colour and texture) would need to be submitted for approval. The colour of the automatic bollards also needed to be approved by the city to remain in keeping with the heritage aesthetics.

    ATG Access had to minimise the impact of the control systems on the site with particular emphasis on the size and location of the control panels.

    The main point of control for the bollards was to be via the central security office of the embassy. There were specific requirements for out-of-hours control, and also a requirement for us to use a particular type of access control system for the emergency services, that needed to comply with a new, city-wide standard.

    There was a requirement to be able to raise and lower the bollards at least once if there was no power available, and to complete an emergency rise, should the situation occur.

    The Solution:

    ATG Access developed and installed a bespoke access control system for the embassy that met each project requirement. The system offers a high level of protection against potential attacks, a high degree of control over its operation and complies with all standards set out by the client and the city.

    There was a requirement to be able to raise and lower the bollards at least once if there was no power available, and to complete an emergency rise, should the situation occur.

    The Results:

    The project was delivered on time and on budget. The system remains in place and is an effective access control solution to the site. This was a challenging project to deliver but the end result was rewarding and the client was very happy with the end project.