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Security Boost for Pencil Factory Site

1 February 2018

Base Camp Birdseye

We have introduced additional measures to strengthen security on the Pencil Factory site. Nightly and weekend patrols, anti-climb grease and CCTV are among the new ways we are boosting security.

“When Keswick Ministries first acquired the site, 1.8m security fencing was erected and the site has been regularly visited by a contractor to verify it is secure”, says Andrew Casson, our Facilities Manager.


“We review the security of the site regularly, and following a recent trespass, we are taking further steps to ensure it is safe and secure.”


“There are now nightly patrols and two patrols at the weekend by a security guard. Signage has been erected on the perimeter to highlight this and to act as a deterrent. We are painting ‘anti-climb’ grease on lower levels of the building exterior.”
“We are installing CCTV internally and externally, remotely monitored by a security company. The camera units will have microphones and loudspeakers, allowing the remote monitoring station to speak direct to any intruders.”


The Derwent Project plan to redevelop the site is now in a new phase. We have applied for planning permission to turn the derelict Pencil Factory site into conference facilities, relocating the main Convention celebrations from Skiddaw Street. You can read the planning application here on the Lake District National Park website.


We are opening the site to the public on Friday 9th February. Staff will lead tours at midday and 1pm for people to see the site and ask questions about the redevelopment. The midday tour is now fully booked but there are still spaces at 1pm. For safety reasons, Open Site visitors need to register by emailing info@keswickminstries.org or calling 017687 80075 by Wednesday 7th February.
Liaison meetings are being held on a regular basis between Keswick Ministries and town representatives to forge a stronger relationship and plan together for the annual Convention. The next Town Liaison Forum is being held on February 20th.

For more about the Derwent Project, have a look at our Q&A here.