Rothschild Foundation open its newest addition to the Waddesdon Estate
Windmill Hill the newest addition to the Waddesdon Estate has now opened to the public. A new research and archive centre for the Rothschild Foundation it showcases the philanthropic work of one of England’s most generous organisations. The U-shaped complex is comprised of a series of buildings grouped around a central courtyard, following the footprint of the farm buildings that originally sat on the site.
i2 Security had the privilege of working on such a prestigious project and enjoyed designing a system which complimented such a unique and challenging building. The system needed to be innovative yet discreet whilst never compromising the materials used. For example the use of oak windows and shutters, wood cladding, zinc roofs and with walls 1.5m thick in some places added to the challenging nature of this project. The Reading Room’s vertical louvers previously installed to protect cattle from high winds now provide effective shading and also raised another quandary for the design team. Adrian Beesley and Matthew Long of i2 Security meticulously designed, managed and installed a combined Access Control and Intruder Alarm system which offers the ultimate in security without detracting from the beauty and quality of the design of this building.