G4S is playing an important part in the nascent stages of a burgeoning new nuclear industry in the UK. In 2015, G4S secured the contract to provide an integrated-security solution for Hinkley throughout its construction phase; a ten year process which involves a high level of complexity and risk, with an expected 5,600 workers on site at peak. As with many sites that G4S secures, the programme goes far beyond conventional manned guarding, and G4S has decades of experience protecting nuclear sites in North America and Europe to draw from.
G4S has conducted operations at every nuclear power plant in the United States and Mexico, using expertise and technology that greatly increases the ability to detect, assess, communicate and prevent or neutralise threats. The technology used at these sites includes various G4S developed and owned access control and video management platforms that increase efficiency and safety while providing an enhanced physical security programme.
G4S provides expert advice to clients to conduct risk and threat assessments to ultimately develop solutions that meet their specific needs. Steven Sinclair, Managing Director of Critical Infrastructure and Energy for G4S Secure Integration NSSC, said: “The core of our success lies in our ability to leverage the talent and knowledge of our employees. We understand current, and potential future, regulatory compliance standards and deliver complete, high-end solutions for our customers. We have over 40 years’ experience providing clients with insight into physical security strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to make strategic decisions that ensure protection and safety of their employees and assets while increasing operational business goals and meeting regulatory requirements.”
At Hinkley Point C in the UK, G4S provides facilities management, access control and physical security, which utilises G4S’ leading incident case management software tool Risk360.
“Risk360 is an invaluable part of our armoury at Hinkley which provides a complete overview of all on-site incidents” explained Alistair McBride, the G4S director in charge of operations at Hinkley Point C. “The software enables you to identify where you are exposed to threats and ongoing incidents, instantly share information with other security officers and detect any patterns or trends.”
As well as Hinkley Point C, G4S secures other important infrastructure sites in the UK including the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel ‘super-sewer’ construction project. The tunnel is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry, and G4S works as a fully integrated partner and part of the decision making team for security across all 21 construction worksites. The project presents unique challenges that require innovative solutions, such as stand-alone mobile camera surveillance towers powered entirely by hydrogen for the stages when electricity is not available.