Access control from Mul-T-Lock secures rehabilitation center

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A new rehabilitation center in the UK turned to Mul-T-Lock for a bespoke security solution incorporating high-quality access control, electromechanical solutions and mechanical anti-ligature systems.


Nelson House Hospital in Gosport on the south coast of England is a new purpose-built step-down rehabilitation hospital suitable for men over the age of 18 years, with service users often having been detained under the Mental Health Act.

With the facility designed to prepare residents for discharge into the community, security requires striking a balance between ensuring the safety of all visitors and avoiding creating the feel of a prison-like environment.

The maintenance team worked closely withMul-T-Lock to ensure the right security solutions were selected for the various areas of the facility, within the constraints of the available budget. The chosen solution combines the physical attributes of a mechanical solution with the flexible convenience of an access control system.

“Security was one of the most emotive issues faced in the development of Nelson House Hospital, with the need to keep staff and patients safe, work within budget allowances and keep in mind the dynamic risks of a mental health rehabilitation center,” says Ian Haines, maintenance manager at Nelson House Hospital.

“Mul-T-Lock considered the security of Nelson House Hospital, taking a holistic approach, recognizing areas of concern and identifying a combination of electronic and mechanical measures to suit. The result is a pleasant, safe and secure rehabilitation facility, which is great news for everyone involved.”

Due to the high security requirements of Nelson House, Mul-T-Lock introduced the MT5 patented cylinder platform to provide the robust basis for the bespoke master key suite, and all internal doors are secured with fully functional anti-ligature cylinders.

All of the external doors were fitted with Mul-T-Lock’s innovative MT5 CLIQ, an advanced electromechanical solution. MT5 CLIQ instantly adds electronic intelligence to the standard MT5 mechanical cylinders, padlocks and keys. Keys are assigned varying levels of access, depending on the job roles of their users. This ensures that managers can control who enters specific areas of the facility.