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ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio lock has been fitted by local installers HE Simm at a £42m student accommodation complex for the University of Liverpool.

Vine Court, on Chatham Street, has shops, a 250-seat restaurant and 749 en-suite bedrooms. The residences come with rainwater harvesting, solar thermal water heating and low energy lighting and heating systems. After a tendering process held by Ocon Construction through their mechanical and electrical contractor HE Simms, ASSA ABLOY’s Aperio was installed as a wire-free deployment, without any need to modify the doors.
In phase one, more than 980 E900 Aperio Mifare Data-on-Card units have been installed by HE Simm. All of the Aperio off-line escutcheons have been integrated into the AGS access control system by OEM partner ACS Ltd.

Darren Clark, Senior Projects Manager at the University of Liverpool said: “The University of Liverpool is undergoing a significant sustainable programme of refurbishment, with circa £250m alone committed to student accommodation to continue to inspire students on a global scale. Vine Court is an important part of this scheme. Aperio appealed to us because of its innovative design and ability to work as an integral part of the wider AGS security solution – which can encompass hard wired, wireless and fire free access control. The team worked carefully to ensure the delivery of really high quality residences for students and we believe this phase is only the first step to creating a keyless world for all student accommodation at The University of Liverpool.”

The Aperio off-line locking solution allows free egress via the lock handle when required and the use of the clients preferred Mifare credentials. It was an important additional requirement that the system could be migrated to DESFire at a later time – without changing door hardware. Similarly, The University of Liverpool can also migrate to Aperio wireless on-line should they need to take advantage of real time audits and instant updates of access restrictions through the existing access control system.

Sean Eddleston from OCON Construction, who managed work at Vine Court added: “Security at university accommodation must be very carefully considered as students today often carry high value equipment and personal possessions. Add to that the turnover of people with building specific area access, and finding a security system can prove difficult. ASSA ABLOY has delivered on all fronts, with Aperio leading the way to upgrading the controllability and security level of any premises.”

Aperio escutcheons were fitted alongside ASSA ABLOY new UNION keyULTRA masterkey system to secure over 1500 doors and cupboards, 2C25 night latch cases added to the security of bedrooms.

Tabitha Morton, Sales Director at ASSA ABLOY Access Control added: “The key to the success of this first phase works programme for The University of Liverpool is down to the close working partnership of all parties involved, right from specification, through to final inspections and handover. The result is a high quality, stylish solution that stands to set the trend for the future security arrangements of university student accommodation in Liverpool.”

For details of ACS Ltd, manufacturers of the Aperio Gateway System, contact 01322 370777, email [email protected] or visit

ASSA ABLOY based in the UK Portobello Headquarters in Willenhall, manufactures and sells mechanical, electromechanical and electronic locks, cylinders, security doors and fittings. For further information, visit


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