Kings Waterfront is a £142m development on the banks of the River Mersey which will transform King's Dock into the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre. The project will feature a 10,000 capacity performance area and exhibition resources to rival the NEC and ExCel. It is expected that the venue will host events from rock concerts to trade shows, children's entertainment to international sport including tennis, boxing and gymnastics.
Supporting the complex is a 1,600-space multi-storey car park for which Conway Security Products has supplied over a hundred of its camera housings. The Conway housings are from the EH range of external units which are being used alongside a variety of internal and external vandal-resistant models.
Much of the car park's CCTV system is based on products from plettac. The end-user will benefit from plettac's cameras and the company's P.O.S.A. open security architecture which is the first PC security system based on truly networked CCTV management. There will be remote monitoring using IP transmission from plettac's sentiO DVRs, and parties including car park managers, Liverpool City Council staff and the Liverpool Constabulary will review footage as required. The remote monitoring will be complemented by a manned local control room.
The cameras will use Pentax 6-12mm lenses, the focal range having been specified to provide optimum images for ANPR usage, plate recognition being an important aspect of security at the car park.
The car park forms part of a network of utilities and landscape work being performed by Birse Civils, while the main contractor is Bovis Lend Lease. The car park has been handed over to the client and construction of the main arena - for which CCTV suppliers have not been decided - remains on track for completion in December 2007 in readiness for the city's Capital of Culture status in 2008.