York Minster is one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. The present Gothic-style church was designed to be the greatest cathedral in the kingdom, its construction spanning over 250 years from 1220 to 1472. The site of the magnificent building has always been an important one for the city, having housed the ceremonial centre of a Roman fortress and playing important roles throughout worship and wars over the course of history. York Minster is one of only seven cathedrals in the world to have its own private police team. The York Minster Police have served the Minster with loyal and distinguished service for hundreds of years.
New security threats have evolved necessitating increased security measures to assist the police team, as around 700,000 visitors from around the world pass through York Minster every year.
The existing system was not meeting increasing demands, and the Minster was in need of a revival of its security infrastructure along with a quality support system for future needs. It was also important that any new security measures blended in perfectly with the surroundings so as not to distract from the beauty of the architecture.