One Bedford Avenue, London

GBE Converge designed, supplied, installed and commissioedn all life safety and security systems to the new One Bedford Avenue development in London’s West End after being appointed by Mace MEP.

The £33m scheme has been designed by architects Bennetts Associates on behalf of client Exemplar and will consist of 115,000 sq ft of high-end retail and office accommodation. The development which replaces two outdated office blocks is scheduled for completion in early 2017 and launches the redevelopment of the surrounding area, in anticipation of Crossrail’s completion in 2018. The building has been designed to deliver BREEAM excellent.

GBE Converge took a leading role in developing the design to meet the technical and aesthetic requirements of the life safety and security installation on this project. GBE Converge solutions that have been implemented include CCTV cameras in a custom finish, external RFID access control card readers incorporated within video door entry panels and fire detection devices provided in a black finish.

GBE Converge worked with a range of partners on the project. Gent will supply the fire alarm and detection equipment along with the audio visual warning devices. Baldwin Boxall are providing the emergency voice communication and disabled toilet alarm systems. Access control will be supplied by Xplan with HIK Vision providing CCTV. C-tec will be used for the Audio-Frequency Induction Loop System and Castel for the video door entry system. Honeywell will supply the intruder detection and alarm equipment.

GBE Converge Managing Director Jason Buttle commented ‘We’re very excited to be working with Mace on a high-quality, landmark building, and to have taken such a leading role in designing all the life safety and security systems for the project is a great achievement.”

GBE Converge completed their works in January 2017.