New HQ for Astral Fire & Security

Astral Fire and Security has recently relocated to a new UK headquarters at Lea Hall Enterprise Park, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1LH.

The new site is situated on Wheelhouse Road, parallel to the A51. The office has quick and convenient access to the M6 and M6 Toll roads, helping to support the company’s national fire and security service.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “Our unprecedented growth during 2013 meant we were struggling to operate from our previous site. We took the big decision to move our UK headquarters which has given us the space we need for engineers, support staff and stock. The move was extremely well planned. It went smoothly and we were fully operational within 24 hours.”

“We are an expanding company. We had reached a critical mass of new customers and rather than risk compromising our service in any way, we made the decision to move. Our new HQ means we can accommodate the staff necessary to support our customers, as well as house all our fire equipment, stock, engineering division and fleet of vans.”

Union Jack Club selects Astral

Astral Fire and Security has been selected by the Union Jack Club in London to provide a comprehensive fire and safety service.

Little known to those outside the military circles, the Union Jack Club is a private members club in the capital that has provided accommodation to service men, women and their families since 1907. All serving and ex-serving men and women below the Commissioned Rank in the Armed Forces are automatically full members of the club. The club also welcomes emergency service personnel and military personnel from abroad.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “We are delighted to be able to bring our expertise to protect such a vital and prestigious venue that supports service men and women across the country. Astral will ensure all fire and safety measures are in place at the London based Union Jack Club and that it remains safe, secure and compliant for years to come.”

The Union Jack Club has been standing at Waterloo for over 100 years and received over 20 million guests through its doors. Its founder was Ethel McCaul, a Royal Red Cross nurse, who was adamant that servicemen and women from the ranks should have a haven for themselves in the Capital. Ethel McCaul’s vision remains the club’s primary purpose today – to provide non-commissioned serving and former members of the Armed Forces and their families a comfortable and friendly base for their visits to London.

It is beautifully furnished and kept to a very high standard with many unique pieces of memorabilia from conflicts past. One wall has a complete list of every person who has ever been awarded the Victoria Cross and this is continually updated.

The Club is a registered charity, generating some of its funds through its excellent conferencing facilities. These include numerous boardrooms, suites and dining areas, all of which are open to the general public.

Find out more about the Union Jack Club.

New van fleet for Astral

Astral is celebrating the arrival of its new van fleet. The smart, black and white vans will play a key role in delivering the company’s impressive service and installation contracts.

Astral only employs fully qualified, well-trained engineers to carry out its installation and service work. The engineers take full responsibility for each piece of work they do, providing one point of contact, one point of responsibility and total technical support.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “Our engineers are as important as the high quality products we offer. It is essential that they are properly equipped to accomplish their work, in the manner we guarantee to our customers. Our new van fleet allows our engineers to carry standard stock, spares and tools, to ensure that wherever possible, only one visit to a site is ever necessary for routine maintenance and installation work.”

The new van fleet will be on the road immediately, providing outstanding fire and security services throughout the country.

Protecting Lark Hill retirement village

Astral Fire and Security has played a key role in ensuring the safety of residents at the prestigious Lark Hill Retirement Village, in Nottingham.

Lark Hill is owned and operated by Extra Care and is amongst the largest retirement villages of its type in Europe. The site has 327 individual homes and many impressive additional buildings housing fitness suites, shops, cafes, IT rooms and a well being centre.

Rob Harris, MD of Astral commented: “Working in partnership with Cirrus Communications we were delighted to design and install a range of fire and security systems, including new fire alarms, CCTV and access control. We also installed a new nurse call system, telephone and data. Lark Hill is ExtraCare’s largest village, with fabulous facilities and unrivalled views over open countryside in Clifton, overlooking the Soar Valley. Now thanks to Astral’s involvement, residents can relax in the knowledge that vital life safety systems are in place.”

All systems have preventative maintenance contracts in place, with life safety systems receiving a four hour call out.

Astral is currently working with Cirrus Communications on similar projects in Erdington, Gloucester and Stratford.

Find out more about Lark Hill Retirement Village and Extra Care.