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Bastion Security, in Gateshead, builds safe room for Magna Carta
A NORTH-EAST security firm has designed an ultra-safe room to protect the Magna Carta.
Bastion Security, based in Gateshead, made a secure room for the priceless document while it was displayed at St Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire.
The company built a ballistic and blast-rated room, normally used for high-protection work by the Government, police, and military, for the 11th Century document, on loan from Lincoln Cathedral.
The room was more than three metres square, but Bastion made a number of versions, including one the size of a filing cabinet and another large enough for a car to fit in.
Tom Deevy, Bastion Security managing director, said: “The room weighed four tonnes and was built by a small team over three nights.
“We delivered the room’s parts on trolleys and it was a big job, but being asked to provide protection to one of the world's most treasured historical documents was a great privilege.”
Bastion has been designing and making security products for about 30 years, specialising in equipment to counter terrorism and crime, such as cashpoint enclosures and secure room linings.
The travelling copy of the Magna Carta was on display in St Albans to mark the 800th anniversary of the meeting of bishops and barons in the Hertfordshire city that led to its creation.
The document, signed in 1215, sets out the rights and freedoms of common people and is the foundation stone of the legal systems in the UK, US and Australia.
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