Dublin development exploits benefits of integration
Wide-ranging integration of building-management functions on this development near Dublin has reduced costs by 40% over a comparable multi-system solution.
The integration of a wide range of building-management functions is conservatively estimated to have saved 40% over a comparable multi-system solution for a major commercial development near Dublin. Once completed, Central Park will consist of a 219-bed 4-star hotel and 12 office blocks — the latter totalling 160 000 m2 and accommodating about 10 000 people. Four dedicated and multi-tenanted buildings have already been completed and are home to Vodafone, Merrill Lynch, Esso and First Active. Developer Treasury Holdings partnered with turnkey systems specialist SymtechAxis for the adoption of integrated building control and security. The installation of an integral digital CCTV system and a Continuum building-management system, both made by Andover Controls, looks to set a precedent for future developments. There are 45 CCTV cameras, access control, intruder detection and intercom for 54 doors. Every tenant has access to, but no control over, any landlord-operated camera signal that is relevant to them and their location. The system also incorporates important building-management functions — including heating, ventilation and air conditioning, utilities metering and automated billing, car-park lighting and barrier control. It is also linked to 15 fire-alarm panels, facilitating the swift resolution of any alarm event. Eamonn McSweeney, managing director of SymtechAxis, explains, ‘Maintenance for the entire facility is provided from a single source. Accessing building management, security and CCTV data on the same system requires fewer networks, less hardware and reduces the required training time.’ The benefits of such an integrated system stretch beyond the financial. A single network means that installation is better co-ordinated, allowing for economic efficiency and user-friendly convenience.