Fastlane Glassgate 200 entrance control security speedgate turnstile in situ at Angel Building

From architect’s vision to reality – securing the Angel Building

The £72 million redevelopment of the Angel Building in London saw the reinvention of an early 1980s commercial block situated on a prominent but under-used site at the corner of St. John Street and Pentonville Road in Islington.

Transformed from an un-loved and unused space to a hive of activity containing 260,000 square feet of high spec office space, a café, specially commissioned works of art and large rooftop terraces offering spectacular view across London, this iconic building is home to the Design Council as well as the charitable organisation Cancer Research.

Such a statement building required an entrance control system which provided the required level of security whilst also complementing the style of the architecture and interior design – Fastlane turnstiles were the only choice. Working with Antron Security, expert security solutions provider and one of our key partners, we challenged our product development team to create a bespoke unit to fulfil this brief.

Working with an architect’s CGI visual and the Glassgate 200 as a starting point, we designed a high quality custom unit to bring the architect’s vision to life.

The Glassgate 200 is one of the most popular turnstiles of the Fastlane Speedgates range and, as such, was an excellent starting point when designing the bespoke units for this project. This product provides a slim pedestal entrance control security solution, ideal for environments where the footprint is limited but security provisions are required. The bi-directional glass barrier has been designed to offer users the familiarity of a ‘door-like’ action, opening away from the authorised pedestrian and closing behind them to deter tailgaters.

John Austin, Regional Sales Manager for London at Integrated Design Limited, comments: “This was a fantastic project to work on and really demonstrates the capabilities of our product development team to create custom units to suit the required environment. Playing spot the difference between the initial architect’s vision and the finished product would be a challenge! Our technology, which enables unrivalled fast and safe passage for authorised users, always meets the brief as it is but there are a number of ways in which we can make our units bespoke in order to suit any aesthetic requirement – and we love a challenge!”

For more information about our bespoke capabilities, click here or get in touch with our team on +44 (0)20 8890 5550 or email For more information about installations by Antron Security Limited, please get in touch with Jamie Crane on 01923 855006 or email