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Case Study | Commercial

Upgrading Hackney Empire to JanusC4 with Hall & Kay

A system upgrade by Grosvenor Technology brought the iconic Hackney Empire up to date with their security

Hackney Empire is a grade II* listed building. The theatre was built as a music hall in 1901, designed by the architect Frank Matcham. Charlie Chaplin, W. C. Fields, Stanley Holloway, Stan Laurel, Marie Lloyd, and Julie Andrews all performed here, when the Hackney Empire was a music hall.

Hackney Empire’s artistic programme includes theatre, opera, comedy, dance, and music. Hackney Empire collaborate and partner with regional and international companies and artists, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, English Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Hackney Empire has been running a legacy Sateon system via Site Guard. The system has been installed for many years, and Hall & Kay have recently taken over the security installation for the building to bring the system up to the more modern JanusC4 platform.

The JanusC4 installation at Hackney Empire

Hackney Empire has chosen JanusC4 as their new security solution to replace their existing Grosvenor system, which has been installed for over 25 years, testament to the longevity and robustness of Grosvenor Technology’s access control offering. Grosvenor Technology was chosen to remain as their access control provider through this history with Hackney Empire and their confidence with the support and services offered by Grosvenor.

The site will be running 24 doors using HID iClass High Frequency readers and credentials to improve their security. This move has allowed the site to introduce a modern proximity-based solution that moves the site away from outdated swipe technology. This offers increased security as well as peace of mind for the client. The Hackney Empire staff require secure access across the site with various degrees of permissions. JanusC4 enables the site to offer a varied and comprehensive solution to ensure the security of the building well into the future. The installation took place over several weeks.

“Hackney Empire are very pleased to be working with both Hall & Kay and Grosvenor Technology to install JanusC4 in replacement of their existing Grosvenor system. Having used the Sateon system for over 25 years, and with Grosvenor being a British manufacturer, we are excited to see what the latest technology JanusC4 has to offer in securing such an iconic and historical venue.”

– Spokesperson for Hackney Empire

“It’s a pleasure once again to utilise the quality of Grosvenor products and our high levels of experience with JanusC4. Our engineers have been professionally trained by Grosvenor on the JanusC4 system and subsequently have a thorough understanding of its features, benefits, and operation. This allowed us to demonstrate the capabilities of the product and provide further confidence to such a historical site.” – Andy Wickenden, Head of Sales

“We are really pleased to be working with Hackney Empire and Hall & Kay in their choice of the JanusC4 system to bring this historic venue up to modern security specifications. JanusC4 offers a comprehensive security solution that meets the needs of this busy venue. Hackney Empire has been running our legacy systems for many years and we are thrilled that they have chosen to continue their security journey using JanusC4. The fact that Hackney Empire have chosen to remain with Grosvenor Technology is a testament to the confidence they have in our solutions and their choice of professional support services, and with Hall & Kay as the installer, this will ensure a successful migration to the JanusC4 system.” – Chris Wrench, Senior Product Manager.

About Hall & Kay

Hall & Kay is the UK’s largest fully accredited independent Integrated Security and Fire Suppression company with over 300 staff and engineers spread throughout the regions and across EMEA. They bring advanced product technology, the highest standard of professional expertise and service to the core of their business and a one-team approach enables them to achieve engineering excellence every time.

Hall & Kay’s installation engineers are trained to the highest standards, and supported by specialist service, maintenance and technical support engineers who are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Offering accurate remote diagnosis and rapid response to all queries.

They are consultants, designers, installers, and maintainers of all forms of Integrated Security and protection systems and always work in accordance with the highest industry standards as set out by the police, fire and rescue services, and insurance providers.

Delivering high quality service and reliable results every time, Hall & Kay Security Engineering will keep your business safe and secure.

Hall & Kay have been loyal customers of Grosvenor Technology for many years and collaborate with Grosvenor Technology to deliver world-class solutions to their extensive client base. With Grosvenor Technology’s legacy systems now earmarked for end-of-life, they look forward to bringing this and other sites up to a contemporary standard of security. JanusC4 offers an integrated solution that meets the demands of today’s market.

Photo credit: Mark Senior