Case Studies

Amthal Takes The Stress Out Of Fire & Security At Sopwell House

As Sopwell House drives forward with a £12m spa development programme, Amthal is working closely in partnership to ensure it is delivered to create a safe and secure environment for guests and staff.

Sopwell House is a Georgian country House Hotel, which is owned and operated by AB Hotels, and presents a luxury 128 bedroom hotel, country club & spa located south of St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

Construction on the new spa facilities, including a 430m outdoor space garden has begun and due to open in early 2019.

Amthal has been the security partner of choice at Sopwell House for three years covering all aspects of fire and safety maintenance. The fire and security specialist is working closely with the construction team on site to ensure new requirements are fitted without compromising on aesthetics of the new spa.

Says Alon Bejerano, Project Manager at AB Hotels: ‘This is a very exciting chapter for Sopwell House, and a significant investment that we are all looking forward to presenting to our guests. Whilst its core objective is to offer the latest and greatest luxury amenities; it’s integral that it can be enjoyed in a safe and secure environment.

“Having Amthal as our existing security partner on board right from the early stages of the design, and specification of the spa development is key. The team could offer advice and practical support on how and where to install security measures to blend with their surroundings, without affecting the experience for our staff and guests.”

Hotel security is one of the biggest challenges presented, to enable balancing a welcoming and relaxing environment that doesn’t compromise on the safety of guests.

Amthal current maintain all existing fire and CCTV systems throughout Sopwell House. And for the new spa facilities, Amthal is installing latest IP CCV together with access control integrated with the main hotel and extending the fire systems, again from the main hotel building.

Paul Rosenthal, Sales Director at Amthal Fire and Security added: “Today hotel guests have higher expectations, including personalised experiences and the opportunity to create memories, even if it’s just an overnight stay. With more focus on guest experience than ever before, it’s critical luxury hoteliers such as Sopwell House continue to evolve their offerings to meet this demand.

“This all has to be achieved with guests assured they are safe and secure, expecting a home from home experience. They need peace of mind in the physical sense and also with consideration of increasing reliance on integrated systems through the Internet of Things. At Sopwell House, it has taken careful planning and a close working partnership to achieve these objectives for fire and security services for the new spa facilities and hotel as a whole.”