A major international contractor was commissioned by Royal England Safety Deposit Boxes Ltd, a Hong Kong-based company, to construct a vault in the basement of a 70-storey building in Hong Kong.
The contractor chose to use Securiclad’s high security modular panel systems as a security solution to protect the vault: it needed these manufactured to specification and shipped to Hong Kong.
Royal England Safety Deposit Boxes Ltd required a high security solution for the vault that would give its customers confidence in the level of protection offered to their valuables. The vault was of a triangular shape and consisted of two rooms – one of these had 27 corners.
The project’s construction was constrained by strict weight requirements, due to the structural load specifications of the building and its location above an underground Mass Transit Railway (MTR) line. Every component of the vault’s construction material needed to be weighed in order to ensure that the total vault weight met these requirements – and weight was a key issue in selecting products for the project.
Securiclad designed a panel solution around a complex site location that included existing pipe work and bulkheads. The solution of provided was of a lighter weight than traditional building materials, which played a key part in helping the contractor to comply with weight restrictions.
We supplied 340 sqm of Securiclad panels rated to LPS 1175 SR 4 to the contractor, as well as 35 corner and end posts. The panels were shipped in crates to Hong Kong in five containers – the contents of each crate were identified by each individual bespoke panel.
As the vault build was taking place at the basement of a building in one of Hong Kong’s busiest streets – and construction could only take place after 8pm – the project logistics required particular attention, as storage of materials and site disruption were key challenges.
To overcome these challenges, the panels were shipped in sequence to Hong Kong – this staggered delivery was planned so that the correct panels arrived in sequence at the site, in line with the build schedule.
In addition, as Securiclad is a modular system that offers a high degree of build flexibility, and can be assembled on-site, it provided the contractor with a system that could overcome the accessibility challenges created by the building (and vault’s) location.
We played a key role in the design elements of the project, utilising our CAD drawing expertise, and we provided technical assistance and aftercare throughout the process.