Earlier this year, we achieved and continue to maintain the highest accreditation within the security industry, NSI Gold; including the strict construction criteria of BS5797. BS5979 is often referenced in our industry and by insurance companies, yet most people may not be aware of what this entails.
To achieve the construction element of BS5979, and to ensure complete protection for our clients, the building from which PSM operates is significantly robust and wholly attack resistant. Andy and I converted an empty industrial unit into a secure facility equivalent to a prison, bank or high risk government building.
Situated beneath railway arches, tucked away in a side street in Wigan, Lancashire, Milk Street itself is protected by an entrance barrier, only accessible by tenants. The entire front of PSM’s arch is protected against vehicular attack by 3 anti ram raid bollards, plus an anti ram raid bar in front of the doors.
In the extremely unlikely event an attacker manages to infiltrate the street entrance barrier plus 3 anti ram raid bollards and a ram raiding bar to get to the front of our building, we are protected further by 7 ft of stone and brick above, behind and all around us. Plus, all internal walls are reinforced with carbon steel sheeting, vibration sensors are installed on all walls. We also have CCTV and motion sensors throughout, a poisonous gas detection system and duress / panic alarms.
The internal entrance to the control room is a solid thick brick wall, complete with 3 attack resistant doors, reinforced with steel sheeting, plus military armoury equivalent locking devices. The lobby and entrance doors are interlocked, preventing both being open at the same time; with entry into the control room managed entirely from inside the control room (using CCTV and intercom systems).
It is safe to say our client’s confidentiality and monitoring services are safe with us!
In Part 2 of PSM Towers, we will delve into our complex contingency plans.