The Urmet equipment at the apartments and penthouses is being installed by nationwide building services contractor TClarke and will operate from IPervoice
Urmet's solution will offer screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with home automation apps

Urmet, an international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, has secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million mixed-use development near Oxford Street in London’s West End.

Rathbone Square is a 2.3-acre project consisting of new office space, retail outlets, a public square and 142 luxury apartments. The buildings have been designed by Make Architects and are being constructed by Lend Lease for developers Great Portland Estates.

The site is a former Royal Mail sorting office in Fitzrovia and forms part of the £1 billion development of Tottenham Court Road in preparation for the Crossrail railway construction project.

Visitor screening requirements

The Urmet equipment at the apartments and penthouses is being installed by nationwide building services contractor TClarke and will operate from IPervoice, Urmet’s IP door entry software platform. The building services company required a single system that would offer both the comprehensive screening of visitors and the ability to integrate with third-party home automation apps that control everything from blinds to lighting.

Visitors make calls using external stainless steel Elekta entrance panels. These Power over Ethernet (PoE) panels feature a 3.5” colour display with a 2-megapixel camera, allowing the recording of both video and audio messages. Compact dimensions and sleek lines will ensure the equipment has minimal impact on the period architecture surrounding Rathbone Square, which includes a number of Georgian buildings. With an impact-resistance rating of IK09, the unit also offer minimal pry points to prevent vandalism.

Gesture-driven touchscreen

The system enables
call-forwarding to mobile phones
via Urmet’s Call2U App when
residents are away from home and
even allows users to grant access
from their remote location

A key feature in the apartments is that Rathbone Square residents will communicate with their visitors via Urmet’s latest black MAX IP Android-powered touchscreen. This is a 7” device with quad-core processor that provides processing power to run the most demanding applications and functions like a normal tablet. The system enables call-forwarding to mobile phones via Urmet’s Call2U App when residents are away from home and even allows users to grant access from their remote location. Families can take advantage of this feature on up to four devices simultaneously.

TClarke has also used Urmet’s concierge switchboard software, which enables the 24-hour concierge staff to manage calls, receive and create alarms, generate usage reports, and send messages on a global, group and individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting the concierge with an intuitive screen menu and gives operators overall site awareness and visibility that adds to resident security.

Compliance with ‘Secured By Design’

Throughout the Rathbone Square project, TClarke has worked to the requirements of Secured by Design (the official UK police flagship supporting the principles of ‘designing out crime’).  

The MAX IP touchscreen (now available in both black and white) ensures adherence to these recommendations with its generous 1024 x 600 pixel screen and destination control for lifts. The screen features a lift icon, while logic control within the IPervoice software allows the resident to limit a delivery person’s access to the floor for which they have permission. Secured by Design mandates intelligent lift management of this kind.

Commitment to open platforms

As the project matures, the
MAX IP touchscreen will become
a true portal. It will integrate with
a host of third-party home
automation apps

The Rathbone Square project shows us working in a collaborative environment with installer and developer,” says Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales and Marketing Director. “As the project matures, the MAX IP touchscreen will become a true portal. It will integrate with a host of third-party home automation apps, including lighting and blind control.”

The various sections of Rathbone Square have either six or eight floors, with three basement levels. The office space is on the south side of the building close to Oxford Street, while the residential block faces Fitzrovia.

First in a hundred years

Rathbone Square consists of two ‘L’-shaped buildings, one incorporating the residential units and the other office space for which Castel UK, part of the Urmet Group of companies, provided an IP intercom solution. The exteriors feature precast concrete cladding and metalwork with a focus on low carbon footprint throughout from Hilson Moran, which is acting as sustainability consultant.

Many of the apartments at Rathbone Square have balconies overlooking a central garden. Residents can enjoy facilities such as a gymnasium, 18-metre pool, sauna, screening room and even a wine storage and tasting room. The adjacent public square is the first such area built in London for 100 years.

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