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Knowsley Learning Centre

United Kingdom


Knowsley Metropolitan Council is one of 12 authorities who are part of the first wave of Building Schools for the Future (BSF). When completed, the Knowsley project will see all of the borough’s 11 secondary schools replaced by seven state-of-the-art learning centres. The project has been funded by Transform Schools, who have provided just under £165m to build the new learning centres. The high quality buildings support advances in educational delivery and technology and will fulfil the learning needs of the Knowsley community. The first build commenced in autumn 2008. To date, four learning centres have been finished, with the remaining three, due for completion by January 2010.


Transform Schools sought an easy to use intruder and access control systems that complied with BS EN 5013, PD6662:2004 and BS EN 50133 standards and was proven to accommodate the diverse access and security requirements of an education environment. The system also needed to have the capability to integrate with the chosen fire alarm, sprinklers, PA, and cashless vending systems


Grantfen Fire and Security Limited won the contract to supply, install and commission security for all seven learning centres. Grantfen selected the Inner Range access control and intruder alarm system because it met all required standards and provided the ability to integrate with many third party security and automation systems, such as the chosen CCTV transmission system. The solution which has been installed in the finished learning centres and will be replicated in the remaining three learning centres includes: 19 four door controllers and 9 thirty two zone expanders throughout the buildings with 130 internal and 30 external dual technology detectors. The use of access cards allows permission based access based on user identity (e.g. staff or student). This ensures the learning centres can automatically revoke access to unattended classrooms or other areas where expensive or hazardous assets are stored. Due to Inner Range’s integration capabilities, the learning centres can run cashless vending through the Inner Range system allowing staff and pupils to pay for lunches and vending machine purchases.


  • • A robust Intruder and access control system compliant with BS EN 5013. PD6662:2004 and BS EN 50133 standards which provides scalability for future growth, or additional security requirements
  • • Ability to integrate access control and intruder alarm with fire alarm, sprinklers, PA system, and cashless vending
  • • A security system which is easy to manage and administered by centre staff
  • • Permission based access minimising the risk of theft of assets or unauthorised access
  • • Operations Director at Grantfen states: “Transform Schools needed an easy to use integrated intruder and access control system to deliver a high level of security and integrate with other systems. The Inner Range system has enabled us to more than achieve our client’s requirements both now and in the future.”

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