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Crown Records Management Install Custom Designed Durasteel Fireproof Vault

London, UK

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Home Case Studies Crown Records Management Install Custom Designed Durasteel Fireproof Vault


Document & Tape Storage Vault

Fire Rating

4 Hours



No Of Levels


Data Tape Capacity

27,000 Tapes

Box Capacity

6,000 Boxes

The backing up of business-critical data is widely regarded as being one of the most important processes a business can do and is a fundamental element of any business continuity plan. Yet research suggests that up to 75% of backup tapes are kept on-site, meaning that in the event of a disaster, any business continuity plan that may be in place will be rendered useless. On average, by the 6th day of a major data loss, companies experience a 25% loss in daily revenue, and by day 25, this increases to 40%. It is also estimated that 43% of companies that experience a severe data loss disaster never re-open.

In response to increasing customer demands driven by the recent surge in both natural disasters and man-made threats around the world, Crown Records Management decided to have a custom designed Invicta Durasteel vault installed at one of their records storage facilities in the UK, providing clients with an industry-leading 4 hour fire protected facility for the secure storage of their business-critical data tapes and irreplaceable documents.

The challenge faced by Invicta was to design and integrate the media and document vault within a large multi-tier racking system without compromising on any loss of space utilisation within the cube of Crown’s building. Invicta’s solution was to build a 630 square metre, 4-tier Durasteel vault in one corner of the warehouse to a height of 12 metres. Durasteel is a 4 hour fire rated product that has been tested extensively in the UK to comply to all relevant parts of BS 476, as well as many international standards such as Factory Mutual (FM), Underwriters Laboratories Inc (UL), Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Lloyds Register of Shipping (LRS), Zulassung, EDF and LUL. In addition to providing superior protection from fire, Durasteel also provides impact and moisture protection, both of which are essential, but often overlooked, features for vaults located within buildings surrounded by other structures that may fall onto it and building services that may fail in the event of a disaster. Durasteel has also achieved the stringent Certifire approvals and was therefore installed on the underside of each level of the vault to provide an independent 4 hour fire rated compartment to each floor level. Mobile shelving was installed on the ground floor, specifically designed for the optimal storage of over 27,000 data tapes, whilst the upper three levels of the vault were equipped with racking for the secure storage of over 6,000 boxes.

Crown’s vault was completed with state-of-the-art climate control and gas suppression systems in order to regulate a constant environment, and was then smoke and pressure tested in order to certify its performance.


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