Bradford Telegraph and ArgusEstate deal clinched (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

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Security specialists get the contract to look after historic hall and castle

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Keybury’s David Lalor inside Broughton Hall Keybury’s David Lalor inside Broughton Hall

Fire and security alarm specialist Keybury has clinched a deal with an historic estate near Skipton and a sister estate in Scotland.

Keighley-based Keybury Fire and Security signed the security contract with Broughton Hall and Aldourie Castle near Loch Ness which are both owned and operated by the Tempest family.

The 3,000-acre Broughton Hall estate has been in the Tempest family for 31 generations, since the time of the Norman Conquest. It houses several dozen companies employing 600 people and also offers holiday and bed and breakfast accommodation and includes an award-winning Utopia conference centre. Aldourie Castle specialises in luxury corporate and private accommodation and house parties.

Keybury, which was formed 30 years ago, has 12,000 clients in the hospitality, retail, commercial, utility and education sectors, has worked closely with both venues for more than a decade, most recently as a preferred supplier.

The company has planned and installed fire and security systems which have helped both estates to significantly reduce their security spend.

David Claxton, Broughton Hall estate manager, said: “The age and opulence of these estates, along with the wide range of functions, presents us with complex and thorny issues. A close and ongoing working relationship with Keybury has been essential in creating the safest possible venues. This includes fire-risk assessments, regular servicing for all equipment including fire and intruder alarms as well as fire extinguishers and drawing up a comprehensive evacuation plans.

“Keybury has successfully met these demanding challenges – often very ingeniously. For example, it disguised sophisticated systems behind wooden panels and installed security beams emitted via tiny hidden apertures at strategic locations throughout the venue. The many ornate ceilings also needed special protection.”

The company has also completed fire alarm upgrades for Keighley firms Fibreline and Harrison & Clough.

Keybury took over an existing fire alarm system at Fibreline’s 50,000 sq ft headquarters at Victoria Park Mills. It has been extended into additional premises occupied by the expanding firm, the country’s largest independently-owned upholstery cushion fillings manufacturer. In addition, Keybury has also extended an intruder alarm system in the new facility.

The company has also cemented a long-established trading relationship with equipment wholesaler Harrison & Clough by adapting and upgrading fire alarm systems as part of development at the firm’s head office and distribution centre in Royd Ings Avenue.

David Lalor, Keybury director, said: “Firms across the region are increasingly recognising that fire safety provision is key to helping them meet ever-evolving and often complex health and safety legislation and, in turn, their own legal obligations.

“A close and ongoing working relationship with Keybury has been essential in creating the safest possible venues.”

Keybury’s clients also include Canary Wharf, leading shopping centres, Northumbrian Water and Welsh Water, Bingley-based clothing firm Damart, Keighley brewer Timothy Taylor and Skipton-based pram manufacturer Silver Cross.

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