Tewkesbury Abbey – Gloucestershire

Choice HD Refurbishment Replaces and Extends Grade I-listed Abbey’s Analogue CCTV System

Tewkesbury Abbey exteriorChoice Fire & Security has completed the first, and major, phase of a project to refurbish and extend the CCTV facilities at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire. The 10th century Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin is larger than 14 of England’s cathedrals and Grade 1 listed as a prime example of Norman architecture. As such, Choice has provided a full set of replacement cameras and new cameras with associated cabling extensions, plus digital video recording (DVR) , while respecting the CCTV system’s historic operating environment. Choice was selected from three potential suppliers following a tender process and completion of an on-site presentation, including a live CCTV demonstration.

Tewkesbury Abbey access equipmentBy retrofitting Hikvision ‘turbo’ CCTV technology Choice was able to offer the Abbey a high definition analogue refurbishment without the cost and disruption of replacing the existing cable infrastructure in such a sensitive location. Broadcast quality 1080pixel cameras have been installed to replace failing lower resolution devices. The new cabling also required Choice to hire and deploy, out-of-hours, a mobile access device inside the Abbey – operated via one of the company’s own IPAF-licensed engineers.

In conjunction with an audio visual system (to be integrated in phase two) CCTV in the Abbey performs a day-to-day operational role as well as providing security monitoring and surveillance. During services cameras are used to provide cues when activities take place in positions where direct line of sight is not possible. This is exemplified by the position of the player of the Abbey’s main organ (one of three), the ‘Milton’ Organ, who sits back-to-choir. A secondary CCTV control facility has been provided at the organ. This makes use of an integrated 6in HDMI monitor, to which Choice has added remote control of the DVR and a camera PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) feature.
Tewkesbury Abbey organ detailTewkesbury Abbey interior camera

Left: Organ detail showing integrated 6in monitor screen at top.

Right: Discrete camera location above door panelling.

 

Abbey exterior photocredit: cornishchurches.com