Education - Leeds

Modernised and smart protection for University of Leeds

Account manager - Eamonn O'Doherty

System installed - IP CCTV, intruder detection and alarm, intercom system, hybrid access control locking system, disabled refuge system, and WC alarms.

Details - TIS designed and integrated a more modern, digitally-integrated security system for the Roger Stevens, Engineering and Worsley buildings, the Fine Arts Centre and Edward Boyle Library.


The University of Leeds, home away from home to over 31,000 students, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. The university is dedicated to digitally-oriented, collaborative teaching and learning and has been consistently recognised for its excellence in research, having won the Queen’s Anniversary prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution, in 2009 and 2011.

Initially winning a contract to upgrade the campus CCTV and control room, we followed this with ongoing service and maintenance plus upgrades to entrance barriers and access control, resulting in a relationship stretching across the past decade.

The challenge

The university needed to modernise, upgrade and streamline security systems in its Roger Stevens Building, Engineering Building and Worsley Building. Additionally, TIS has modernised and refurbished the Fine Arts building to bring to life the university's goal of housing a leading centre for art, heritage, critical humanities and culture in the UK. TIS was also required to upgrade security in the Edward Boyle library.

How we did it

Working with the university itself as the end user, we also developed strong, collaborative working relationships with other mechanical and electrical partners and principle contractors such as Balfour Beatty, Galiford Try and NRB Construction.

We designed and integrated a more modern, digitally-integrated security system for the Roger Stevens, Engineering and Worsley buildings. For the Fine Arts Centre, we redesigned the building, cognizant of preserving its rich history. To achieve this, we used the latest technologies and worked precisely to ensure that we were striking the right balance between maintaining the building’s original character and adequately upgrading the facilities to cater to modern, digitally-enhanced student learning.

For the Edward Boyle library, we were faced with a series of unique challenges, due in large part to sections of the building still being open to the public during construction. Despite this, we were able to transform this building, at the heart of campus, into a modern ‘information resources hub’ serving students more efficiently through technology and reflecting the university’s ambitious academic vision.

What we delivered

For the Roger Stevens, Engineering and Worsley buildings, we designed and installed a high definition IP CCTV system which included 12 megapixel fisheye camera technology and a Simons Voss hybrid access control locking system.

The Edward Boyle library received a 50 HD IP CCTV system, including a number of fisheye cameras to ensure full coverage, NSI-graded intruder alarm system, intercom system, Simons Voss hybrid access control locking system, disabled refuge system, and WC alarms.


Over the course of our contracts with The University of Leeds, our relationship has blossomed into a fully client-centred collaborative partnership. Our two organisations have a shared vision to protect and keep the university secure, whilst always looking at future developments to ensure the university is at the forefront of new technological advancements.

Having opened a new Northern office location within the city of Leeds, we now have a dedicated team working on the university campus, providing the very best service and quality standards. This has resulted in us moving on to expand our brief to include further systems such as intruder detection and alert, disabled refuge and intercom systems.

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