Tailored security for London students

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A complete security solution using carefully selected ASSA ABLOY products has been installed at a state-of-the-art student residence development for King’s College London University.


King’s College London University is one of the world’s leading universities, located in the heart of the UK capital.


The university built the Champion Hill student accommodation as part of an extensive modernization program.
It was challenged to design a facility that would provide rooms for up to 715 students, while achieving BREEAM “outstanding” sustainability standards. Students also required access to extensive communal, social, recreation and study spaces within the refurbished existing Grade 2 listed building on the site.


ASSA ABLOY Access Control’s innovative Aperio locking solution has been fitted on 2,300 doorsets. The RFID wireless door control solution allowed for the simple upgrade of mechanical locks so that they could communicate with a complete access control system. Aperio is cost-effective and easy to install, as it can be fitted without the need to modify any doors.
A range of Optimus locks, StrongBOLT deadlocks and 1000 series furniture from UNION, have also been installed throughout the new residence. These are tested as suitable for high frequency use, making them the ideal choice for the heavy demands of student accommodation. 

ASSA’s electromagnetic hold open devices and ASSA ABLOY’s DC500A door controls were installed throughout the main corridors and student accesses to provide safe passage around the building, whilst assisting in meeting the requirements under the Equality Act and the Building Regulations.

Additional facts about the project

  • Security at university accommodation must be very carefully considered, as students often own high value equipment and personal possessions. Students at London university campuses are statistically more likely to fall victim to crime, so it is essential that security matches the high standard of technical specification throughout the building.
  • The features of Aperio make it a simple and intelligent way of upgrading the controllability and security level of any premises, whilst also solving key management issues.