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Securing our historic critical water infrastructure

Posted: Wednesday 16th December 2015

Water Authorities have a legal duty of care to provide a safe, secure, and reliable source of water to their customers.

Asset Management Plans issued by the UK Governments Environment Agency outline set objectives that all Water Authorities need to meet, be that addressing the challenges to water supplies from growth, climate change, and environmental legislation to stating what security measures need to be in place.

Although significant money has been spent on new and updated water works, the UK has a large number of Grade 2 Listed Water Buildings.

Charter Global were approached by a Water Authority in the UK with a dilemma.

In accordance with the latest issued AMP, security shutters would need to be fitted to one of their buildings to meet the specific level of security stated.

The building in question was a Victorian Grade II Listed water bore-hole building of specific historic interest.

The Engine House has brown and green glazed bricks for the first 2 meters of the walls, which are protected by English Heritage, and could not be drilled or damaged in any way, and due to the age of the building, the brickwork of the entire building was of limited structural capacity, which would not be able to withstand the installation of very heavy shutters.

Added to this, the client also required visibility through the shutter, as well as the shutter reaching the specified level of security in this upgrade programme.

The solution for this water bore-hole building was that the Obexion shutter would be designed to be installed on to specialist steel framework thereby ensuring the integrity and protection of the historic glazed bricks.

The Obexion shutter range is an all-aluminum system which maintains a much lower shutter weight than the industry standard. So, despite the increased security level required; this solution provided a lightweight shutter system installed on to the original brickwork, above the protected glazed brickwork. Operation is via a standard tubular motor

Obexion Shutters are the highest performing security shutter with perforated shutter lath certified to LPS1175, Issue 7, SR2 providing the necessary visibility through the shutter without compromising on the security.

The lightweight construction of the Obexion system, the intelligent design of the product range and the close working of the client, the fulfillment contractor and Charter Global ensured a seamless installation to a potentially challenging site, providing complete security for the water bore-hole building whilst protecting the historic integrity of this Grade II Listed building.

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