In the run up to London 2012, it was decided that a structural artwork should be commissioned that would provide both an added attraction and a lasting legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A design competition was launched and, in March 2010, won by artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond.
ArcelorMittal, world leaders in integrated steel and mining, provided £19.6m in funding, while a further £3.1m was provided by the London Development Agency. The ArcelorMittal Orbit was complete towards the end of 2011 and at its full height of 114.5 metres, became the UK’s tallest sculpture to date. It has since become an iconic landmark and a popular tourist attraction.
West London Security was chosen by the main contractors, McAlpine Construction, to carry out the CCTV security systems and communications package in the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower, which was built overlooking the Olympic stadium and offered spectacular views of the Olympic Park and surrounding area.
During an important international event such as the Olympics, security is obviously paramount. West London Security’s brief for the ArcelorMittal Orbit was to supply and install comprehensive and sophisticated CCTV security systems that would guarantee the safety and security of thousands of visitors, as well as protecting the structure itself from all eventualities.
The tower houses two viewing platforms, each able to hold up to 150 visitors at any one time. These platforms, which give views not only of the stadium but also right across London, were a key attraction during the course of the Olympic games.
Along with the CCTV security systems, West London Security were also asked to provide PA facilities to enable a rapid evacuation of the tower should the need arise.
West London Security installed 12 fixed and pan/tilt dome CCTV cameras throughout the two platform areas, together with a Honeywell Security intruder alarm, and provided integration between the two.
Additionally, we installed 3 rooftop PTZ state of the art rooftop CCTV cameras which, with their 40:1 precision built zoom lenses and at a height of 100 metres, played a key role in the overall CCTV installation that protected the stadium during the course of the Olympics.
With all eyes on the Olympic Park and the very final deadline of the opening ceremony on the 27th of July 2012, it was paramount that West London Security’s CCTV installation on the ArcelorMittal Orbit did not over run.
We completed the high profile project on time and in budget, handing over in early May, before the completed structure was officially unveiled to the press and public on the 11th.
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