SECURITY AND fire safety solutions provider Chubb has just been awarded a “significant” security contract as part of an Office of Public Works project to build a new complex for the Republic of Ireland’s national police service.
Located in Military Road, Kilmainham near Heuston Station, the new six-storey building will replace Garda accommodation on Harcourt Square, which is currently leased from a commercial landlord. The larger Military Road site will use state-owned land where there was previously a computing centre for revenue. When complete, the new complex will accommodate up to 890 Garda personnel.
The contract requires Chubb to deliver a “robust and scalable” security solution that will include access control, intruder alarm provision and CCTV surveillance. The specification consists of a new IP CCTV system able to house 178 cameras, a door access system for supporting 140 access points, an intruder alarm system and an IP video intercom system connected at 30-plus different locations.
In July last year, Chubb was supplied with a site drawing highlighting where all the panic buttons, door access points and CCTV camera coverage had to be placed throughout the entire building. It was then the company’s job to specify which products it would use based on the quantities and requirements laid out by the Office of Public Works.
After a lengthy tender process, Chubb was awarded the security contract in January this year by CJK Engineering, the Office of Public Works’ chosen electrical engineering contractor. The project was set underway in March and the complex is anticipated to be completed before Christmas.
“It;s a privilege to be working with CJK Engineering on a project of this scale and historical significance,” explained Tony Clifford, general manager for Chubb Fire and Security in Ireland. “The Garda Síochána has a rich history and is the main law enforcement agency in the Republic of Ireland. As a leading designer and integrator of security systems, Chubb Ireland will be leveraging its expertise to ensure that we deliver a robust and scalable solution should the Office of Public Works’ requirements increase in the future.”
Crime detection and prevention
The Garda Síochána – meaning ‘Guardian of the Peace’ – dates back almost a century to the time when the Republic of Ireland’s national police service was formed following the truce of the Civil War in July 1921 and the disbandment of the Royal Irish Constabulary.
Today, the Garda Síochána has some 14,500 members, 3,400 staff and 500 reserves and is the main law enforcement agency in the state, delivering crime detection and prevention, drug enforcement, road traffic and accident investigation, diplomatic and witness protection responsibilities and community policing.
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