New CCTV cameras are being installed as part of a plan to make the South Kensington campus more secure. The plan, which Live! previously referred to as "Fortress Imperial", will also see the introduction of turnstiles like those seen in Biochemistry.
The introduction of turnstiles has been delayed, much like any other College project. Ceri Davies, Head of College Security, told Live! that the current plan is to fit turnstiles at the entrances to the following buildings:
The project is still in the planning stage, however Aero and RSM entrances are now on swipe access only as they have lost their receptionists. The flow rate through the biochemistry/chemistry turnstiles has not been the subject of any complaints to security.
With the loss of reception staff new signage is due to be installed soon, to help guide visitors to their destinations. Temporary signs should be in place, however Mr Davies asked for feedback on any problems.
Concerns have been raised over the quality of mail delivery in some buildings, which reception staff were previously responsible for. Mr Davies has told Live! that there have been no complaints since early December once the new postal staff had got to grips with the new procedures. He also added: "there has been quite a lot of positive feedback to the improved delivery service in those buildings that no longer have a receptionist".
Frequent mis-deliveries of post to the CGCU office for members of staff in other offices (or indeed, other buildings) are being looked into.
In unrelated building news, the airlock-style doors on the Dalby Court side of Tanaka have been replaced with a standard revolving door, presumably due to reliability problems with the old ones. The doors onto Exhibition Road are in a sorry state, with one set having lost its inner doors completely.
Sadly the revolving door does not seem much more reliable - on Wednesday it was not revolving, with the disabled access door fixed open instead.