College’s upgrade by Mul-T-Lock and KBO Fire and Security

August 5, 2022


A large college has had its security upgraded after a collaboration between Mul-T-Lock and K.B.O Fire & Security.

The pair worked at Guildford College to create a dedicated master key suite for the ultimate peace of mind of staff, pupils and visitors.

Guildford College is the largest further and highest education college in the Surrey area, with approximately 3,000 students and offers courses at all levels.

Success rates are higher than national benchmarks with many students operating with the local community on a regular basis.

Controlled and secure access is a high priority for the Estates and Facilities team, who sought the advice of K.B.O Fire & Security to undertake a comprehensive security overview. K.B.O Fire & Security offered a number of innovative ideas to ensure complete security and a smooth operating system throughout the College site.

The resulting master key suite was designed and installed using Mul-T-Lock’s high security MTL400 patent protected solution, which combines advanced technologies with enhanced key copy control and maximum resistance to all forms of lock manipulation.

Sandra Searle, Facilities Customer Services Manager at Guildford College, said: “The college is committed to offering staff and students a vibrant, happy and nurturing learning environment.
“So that we can do this as safely as possible, we ensure the security systems, right from the entrance to the College and throughout the site, are all maintained to a high level.

“K.B.O Fire & Security worked with us to produce a bespoke Mul-T-Lock master key suite that could enable total key management control.

“We are particularly impressed with the advanced protection capability as it means as a team, we can maintain a single key to open all doors as required and maintain differential access to rooms between staff, visitors and students.”

With up to 90 cylinders installed in a scalable design, the master key suite system was installed quickly and efficiently to ensure minimal disruption to learning timetables.

Lance Harding of K.B.O Fire & Security added: “With Guildford College, we like to consider ourselves as part of this team, where we can really understand the bespoke requirements.

“The benefit of working in this way is allowing for the flexibility of access, including accounting for the large number of part- and full-time students alongside the wider community who all use the facilities.

“Here a master key system was the best choice, and using Mul-T-Lock enabled total patented key control to keep the college, and all who attend safe and secure.”

Tom Hyslop, Mul-T-Lock Regional Sales Manager concluded: “By working with the College and K.B.O Fire & Security early in the specification process, the right level of protection could be designed into the master key suite, choosing MTL400 to make sure staff and students can work and learn in a safe and secure environment.

“It also meant installation could be planned carefully around learning timetables. And now, staff can focus and maintain their high standards for the benefit of all who attend with total peace of mind security.”

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