Appointed by development managers, Aspire DM, Dardan Security were the appointed security consultants for the Wellcome Trust for the Hinxton Genome Campus development. A particularly ambitious development, the project involves the building of private and public areas for research and development, together with the construction of 1,500 new houses linked to the commercial occupiers, with accompanying social infrastructure, conference facilities, hotels, retail, leisure, restaurants and cafes.

The challenge

Our brief was to design the architecture for the provision of a total security solution, with the aim of creating the ‘next-generation’ of security solutions across the entire 150,000 square metres of the site.

Our approach

Our design introduced virtual zoning and geofencing across the park, together with an outervirtual perimeter fence line. Multiple passive, reactive and thermal CCTV cameras, supported by analytical software, biotech and retina enabled access control for the building to protect the world class and innovative research. Around the campus we proposed low-tech architectural furniture, positioned strategically to contribute to security, which is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Often referred to as ‘street furniture’.

Our concept had to be future proof and utilise emerging technology, most of which is currently not freely available, but undergoing development and piloting with the anticipated capability to have matured ready for use in line with the timeframe of this project. An incredibly interesting and rewarding project, allowing Dardan to plan and project capability well into the future.

Dardan understood the brief from the outset and were both innovative and practical in completing the task. This is an exciting scheme and we were pleased to have them involved.

Adelle Peattie, Development Director, aspireDM