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After a tender process, the Bristol-based construction firm BAM Western has selected Biosite as its standardised access control system. Having previously used multiple suppliers across its region, BAM Western sought economies of scale besides more intelligent data. BAM Western was already aware of the Biosite product, through its sister company BAM Plant.

Andrew Hilton, Commercial Contracts Manager, BAM Plant says: ”BAM Plant is BAM’s dedicated Plant business and plays an essential role in almost all BAM projects. Our activities cover a wide range of mechanical and non-mechanical equipment, from site accommodation and communication links to electrical installation and fabrication services. BAM Plant had already supplied many BAM sites with Biosite and therefore we were confident in the breadth of functionality and service levels they could provide the Western region.”


To evaluate the market, BAM Western held an access control tender review where numerous suppliers were invited to show their systems. Those companies were scored on service support, software, hardware, reports, future development, ease of use, support, security and cost.

Graham Kingdom, BAM Western’s Construction Director Manager says: “Following a rigorous selection process, we chose to partner with Biosite for the provision of biometric site access, security and workforce management solutions for our Western region sites. As BAM Plant already had a solid relationship with Biosite it made sense for us to source Biosite solution via BAM Plant. We were particularly impressed with Biosite’s reporting capability at group level and their integrated product offering and ability to scale in the future. In addition, we were confident that Biosite would support our initiative to increase our use of apprentices and people who were previously unemployed. Through the precise recording of time spent on site by these categories, we can now accurately report internally and externally. Moreover, we can set ourselves ambitious targets to ensure we constantly improve our performance.”

The makers describe the biometric access product as capable of processing low quality fingerprints and avoiding the fraudulent use of ID cards or pin numbers. Only those workers with appropriate CSCS and CSPS accreditation are able to gain access to a site. Li Wang, pictured, Managing Director of Biosite Systems says: “We are confident that our system will improve efficiencies and give directors a global view of projects and data. By using Biosite across multiple sites, BAM Western will benefit from enhanced decision making and cost savings – through the capture and analysis of information relating to operative and site performance.”

About the firm

Birmingham-based Biosite provide systems to over 500 construction sites and have framework agreements in place with seven UK construction companies. Their clients include Wates, Willmott Dixon, Vinci, Kier and Bouygues. Visit


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