SafetyNet Security Group is delighted to announce that having recently become an ‘Approved Supplier’ of security to AMEY, we have now been awarded the contract to supply a ‘Complete’ security solution to the forthcoming ‘Brum’ Tunnels project.SafetyNet Security Group will be supplying a complete static guarding and electronic/ access control system to this project.
This project will be ‘manned’ by a security team of approximately 35 Security Officers. All of our security team live local to the project. Many have been drawn from our existing pool of ‘Relief’ Officers and approximately 15-20 new ‘short-term’ Security Officer positions have been created.
Once this project has been completed, many of the new Security Officers will whenever possible be found additional positions within our growing company. The A38 tunnels through Birmingham are over 40-years-old and had never had a full restoration. Last year, essential refurbishment work started in order to bring them up to modern European standards.
This year, the upgrade to the tunnels will be completed. During this second phase, works will include renewing the ventilation system, installing new security and communications systems, replacing electrical systems and refurbishing pumping stations and plant rooms.
The A38 St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels through Birmingham will be completely closed to all traffic from10pm on Friday 18 July until 6am on Monday 1 September 2014. The closure will be preceded by two weeks of overnight closures, from 10pm to 6am, and followed by up to four weeks of similar overnight closures.
This work will bring the tunnels right up-to-date with some of the most modern technology available, meaning they can be better managed to keep traffic flowing through Birmingham.
This technology will include cameras that can detect vehicles causing obstructions, variable message signage (VMS) that can warn motorists of incidents inside the tunnel, response systems to control emergency exit doors to ensure people escape into safe areas and not live traffic lanes and PA and radio rebroadcast systems for emergency announcements.
To upgrade the ventilation system, AMEY will remove existing fans and replace them with 25modern jet fans. These will be connected to the Air Quality Monitoring system that was installed last year as well as the emergency fire response systems which can be activated to remove smoke from the tunnel in the event of a fire.
As well as the fans, AMEY will be installing and connecting:
27 PA speakers,
21 CCTV cameras
32 vehicle detection cameras
48 emergency phones
4 digital variable message signs
Over 160 emergency way-finder signs
7 controlled evacuation doors
Over 40 miles of electrical cabling needed to run the new systems
In order to carry out these essential works, AMEY will once again need to close the A38 tunnels during the summer, with a series of overnight closures before and after.
Otis Hanley, the CEO of SafetyNet Security Group, commented “My Team put in a lot of hard work in order to become an Approved Supplier of Security to AMEY. I am personally delighted that we have been given this opportunity to supply the ‘Complete’ security solution for the ‘Brum Tunnels’ which is a highly prestigious project. Moving forward, I know our two organisations will develop a strong working relationship and I hope this will be the first of many projects that will see AMEY and SafetyNet Security Group working together”.