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RNLI’s access control solution provided by South West Garage Doors


An access management solution had been sought after by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to manage the Sennen Cove stayion in Cornwall. The previous barrier had to be removed due to its deteriorating condition, which can be a major issue due to the rust caused by the coastal environment.

The RNLI had to resort to a temporary access control solution in the mean time by using traffic cones, which was not practical or secure. Therefore, the RNLI approached local installer, South West Garage Doors (SWGD).

The new solution had to allow visitors and crew members entry into the station and also prevent unauthorised personnel from accessing certain areas. As well as being more secure, it had to be able to withstand harsh weather conditions, including heavy rain and sea spray. Therefore, it would have to be robust and reliable all-year-round and so a new automatic barrier was the preferred option.

The solution, recommended by the installation company, South West Garage Doors, was to install a BFT Automation Maxima Ultra 36 barrier in stainless steel finish. The Maxima Ultra 36 is BFT’s flagship barrier, which is suitable for intensive use and can provide a drive-through gap of up to six metres – the perfect size for cars, small vans and lifeboat trailers to pass through. 

The Maxima Ultra’s specification option of stainless steel provides weather-resistance, minimising the damage caused by saltwater spray. The stainless steel casing ensures that the electromechanical barrier mechanism is protected from the elements.  

The Maxima Ultra 36 barrier was installed in November 2019 by South West Garage Doors and is in regular use, providing vital access for the Lifeboat crews. 

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