David Robinson

David Robinson

Project roundup

An effective access control system is not simply a security system. It also regulates and monitors the safety, security and integrity of a building, a room, or site. It controls who can enter, and when, gives building owners the opportunity to manage who has access, at what time, and for what reason, protecting both property and people.

Instead of relying on keys, which are easy to lose, difficult to manage and audit, a well-designed access control system can integrate effortlessly with HR, IT, and facilities management systems including CCTV, intruder alarms and fire alarms. 

Here we run through three recent projects where we have designed access control systems that have allowed the building owners to operate safely, securely and within their own individual protocols for staff and visitors. In short, we listen to the end users about how they want their building to work and produce a turnkey solution that makes it function seamlessly.

channel 4 leeds

Housed in the old Majestic Nightclub in Leeds City Centre, Channel 4’s new HQ was conceived to take advantage of the burgeoning talent and film production scene in the north of England

The Em-B access control team designed, supplied and fitted a full access control system for the building with a fully turnkey service from plan to sign off. From lift controllers to speed gates, from office door security to automatics, we fully coordinated the whole system integrating multiple entrances and obstacles. Em-B’s access control systems can be scaled for any size of building, adapted for any use, and fully integrated with IT and personnel protocols. 

gleneagles townhouse, edinburgh

This is the iconic Gleneagles estate’s first ever city outpost in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The new townhouse will boast 33 individually designed bedrooms, each one unique and designed with an appreciative nod to the heritage of the building. The building, originally home to the British Linen Company, later became the Bank of Scotland and in its new reincarnation will feature a number of bars and restaurants including a striking rooftop terrace.

To compliment the history and luxury of this exclusive building, We designed a door hardware scheme that matched hand-crafted furniture with modern, living finishes to bring the past and present together. 

Working with all of the project stakeholders – from the interior design team to the M&E contractor – our team  designed, supplied and installed an access control solution that integrates with the staff management system and offers superior security strata for the hotel’s guests.

haribo production facility

Confectionery giant Haribo’s production plant at Castleford is a £92 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has four production buildings, an energy conservation centre, silo buildings, a dispatch building and a gatehouse and capacity to produce 48,000 tonnes of sweets a year. Given the hygiene, processing and temperature requirements of the project, Em-B faced challenging specifications for functionality as well as appearance.


Our team designed, supplied and installed an integrated access control system that maintains security protocols in the building whilst maintaining hygiene standards throughout the offices and factory at Haribo. We fully coordinated the whole system integrating multiple entrances and obstacles.

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