The Liberty Shopping Centre is a covered shopping centre in Romford, the largest such centre in the town. It’s go-to shopping centre for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and accessories and takes its name from the former Liberty of Havering.
During the summer months of 2023, Link CCTV’s Projects Team completed a complete overhaul of the shopping centre’s security systems. The project, which took 10 weeks and was completed ahead of schedule, included the installation of over 150 new cameras, 30 access-controlled doors, intercoms, a new roller shutter, and a completely refurbished control room. To support this, a new IP network was installed through the site, consisting of over 13,000 metres of new cat6 and fibre optic cabling, with new core and remote network switches.
Link begun the project by deploying a new fibre optic network around the huge site, which included areas such as the service yard, the back-of-house, the car park, and the mall. Following this over 150 new cameras were installed, giving the security team clearer, crisper coverage of the site, and increasing the protection for the shoppers.
The Control Room has been completely refurbished and is unrecognisable. The carpets were removed and replaced, whilst the whole room has been painted and re-cabled, with much of the redundant cabling decommissioned. A new security hatch and key safe have been installed, along with a new entry door, providing secure access to the room. A new control desk has also been installed, which sits just in front of the new impressive HD monitor wall, lit up by blue LED lighting.
To finish the project, the Projects Team installed over 30 Paxton Access Control systems. These, alongside the new cameras and the new roller shutter, further protect the site and allow secure access to the shopping centre’s workers and security team. The security team are benefiting from Avigilon Solution with Appearance Search, helping them find people of interest in a fraction of a time a similar search would have taken with the previous system.
The difference in technology and operations is “night and day” following the upgrade, and Link CCTV Systems are equal parts proud and grateful to have worked on such a complex and multifaceted project with such a supportive client.