Fastlane turnstiles chosen by The University of Strathclyde to secure new £31m sports centre

Following a £31 million investment and two-year construction programme, the University of Strathclyde’s leisure centre has recently been unveiled. To complement the state-of-the-art leisure facilities, the sports centre wanted an equally impressive entrance control system to ensure that only members and other authorised users are granted access to this busy city centre location.

Turnstiles in lobby

Working closely with Alternative Systems Protection (ASP), one of our key installation partners, Integrated Design Limited (IDL) provided four customised Fastlane Glassgate 150 turnstiles. Integrated with access control readers and touch screen technology linked to leisure management software, upon arrival users can select the activity they want to take part in, whilst simultaneously registering their attendance. RFID (radio frequency identification technology) wristbands and barcode readers have also been utilised, to allow entry to those using student cards as well as pay-as-you-go visitors.

Derek Cardno, Business Development Manager at Alternative Systems Protection, said: “When discussing the requirements with the client, it was clear that they wanted an entrance control solution which would allow everyone – including wheelchair users, those with reduced mobility and people carrying large bags and sports equipment – to access the facilities via the same entry point. They also required a modern and aesthetically pleasing system to complement the stylish new facilities whilst still maintaining the required level of security by preventing unauthorised personnel from accessing the facilities.”

Derek adds: “The aim of this installation was to create a frictionless member experience. Through integration we have achieved this. Members are able to pre-book activities online before arriving at the centre, meaning they don’t have to go to reception to book-in and instead can go straight to the turnstile entry points to present their valid wristband to gain swift access.”

When working with ASP on this project, Scott Neil – Facilities Manager for Strathclyde Sport – was determined to find a solution that would enhance the customer experience even further. He said: “The Fastlane Glassgate 150 turnstiles have allowed an efficient and effective entry and exit system for users, so no frustrating queues. They also provide easy, no fuss access for wheelchair users. In addition, the touch screen entry provides Strathclyde Sport with essential data gathering on the usage trends of facilities, activities and mapping peak times, which ensures more informed future programme planning, plus the ability to give useful feedback to members. The appearance of the turnstiles and touchscreens are in keeping with the expectations of a modern, bright and spacious new facility.”

Phil Allen, Regional Sales Manager (UK & Eire) at Integrated Design Limited, comments: “We have worked with ASP on a number of projects over the years, so our technical teams are already familiar with the kinds of product integrations required by ASP’s leisure clients. We really enjoy working with ASP to find the best possible solutions for clients, such as developing ways to enhance member experience, which was the case for this project.”

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