Safety, sensitivity and savings in security deal

A leading Yorkshire fire and security alarm provider has sealed a special deal with two of the UK’s most prestigious venues following a long-standing relationship between the businesses.

Keighley-based Keybury Fire and Security has signed a security partnership contract with Broughton Hall Estate near Skipton along with its sister venue Aldourie Castle on the southern shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Both historic locations are owned and run by the Tempest family.

The 3,000 acre Broughton Hall estate has been in the Tempest family for 31 generations, since the time of the Norman Conquest.

The estate, which has been extensively refurbished and extended in recent years, is home to several dozen companies employing 600 people on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

It also offers holiday and bed and breakfast accommodation as well as its award-winning Utopia conference centre used for events and weddings.

Aldourie Castle offers sumptuous luxury accommodation for both business clients and private up-market house parties. Its wide-ranging services include servants and seasonal shooting.

Keybury, formed 30 years ago, has 12,000 clients in the hospitality, retail, commercial, utility and education sectors.

It has worked closely with both venues for a decade and a half, latterly as a preferred supplier.

By scheduling a coherent programme and installing fire and security systems from the planning stage rather than reacting to problems, the firm has helped both estates significantly reduce its security spend.

Broughton and Aldourie present huge challenges to installation work. Both have highly sensitive architectural features and are filled with priceless art treasures from around the world along with thousands of valuable antique books.

The venues also insisted that there should be no disruption to the hundreds of people on site at any given time.

Broughton Hall’s estate manager David Claxton said:

“The age and opulence of these estates along with the wide range of functions presents us with complex and thorny issues.

“A close and ongoing working relationship with Keybury has been essential in creating the safest possible venues.

“This includes fire risk assessments, regular servicing for all equipment including fire and intruder alarms as well as fire extinguishers and drawing up a comprehensive evacuation plans.

“Keybury has successfully met these demanding challenges – often very ingeniously.

“For example, it disguised sophisticated systems behind wooden panels and installed security beams emitted via tiny hidden apertures at strategic locations throughout the venue. The many ornate ceilings also needed special protection.”

Keybury’s other leading clients include Canary Wharf, Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, Trafford Centre in Manchester, Metro Centre in Gateshead and Brent Cross Shopping Centre in North London as well as Northumbrian Water and Welsh Water; clothing-maker Damart, Brewer Timothy Taylor and prestige pram manufacturer Silver Cross.

Broughton Hall’s estate manager David Claxton and David Lalor, director of Keybury Fire and Security

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