Case Study

Driving Innovation in Security & Life Safety

SECOM transforms security for Caterham’s Global New Headquarters


Caterham Cars, the renowned British lightweight sports car manufacturer, recently inaugurated its new state-of-the-art global headquarters in Dartford, Kent. This move, backed by a multi-million-pound investment from Caterham’s owner VT Holdings, marks a significant milestone in the company’s history, increasing its production capacity by 50% to 750 units annually. 

The 54,000 sq ft facility at the new nine-acre industrial park, Dartford X, now houses Caterham’s production, engineering, motorsport, and commercial teams under one roof. Given the scale and importance of this new headquarters, ensuring top-tier security and safety measures was a paramount concern. Caterham entrusted SECOM, a leading provider of comprehensive security solutions, to safeguard this pivotal new facility.

About Caterham Cars

Caterham Cars has been a prominent name in the automotive industry since 1973 when Graham Nearn acquired the tooling, designs, and exclusive rights to the Seven from Lotus founder Colin Chapman. The brand is celebrated for its commitment to producing lightweight, two-seater sports cars that deliver an exceptional driving experience. Caterham’s philosophy is rooted in keeping the driving experience and fun at the core of its designs.

Why SECOM Was Chosen

SECOM was selected for this critical project due to their proven expertise in delivering advanced, reliable, and integrated life safety & security systems. SECOM has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the fire and security industry and their ability to provide customised solutions tailored to the unique needs of every client is why Caterham felt they could entrust SECOM. 

SECOM’s Life Safety & Security Solutions for Caterham

For Caterham’s new headquarters, SECOM implemented the comprehensive fire & security solution, that included the following components:

  • Fire Detection & Alarm System: Designed to provide rapid detection of fire hazards, ensuring the safety of personnel and minimising potential damage to the facility.
  • Emergency Voice Communication System: Modified to cater specifically to the new headquarters’ needs, ensuring effective communication during emergencies.
  • Intruder Alarm System: Intruder alarms to prevent unauthorised access and protect valuable assets.
  • CCTV Surveillance: Advanced CCTV systems were installed to provide video surveillance 24/7  of the facility, ensuring any security breaches are detected.
  • Access Control: Robust access control systems to manage and monitor entry points, ensuring that only authorised personnel can access sensitive areas of the headquarters.

Having all security and fire services provided by SECOM streamlines the entire process, making it more manageable, affordable, and efficient for Caterham. By integrating these critical systems under one provider, Caterham benefits from a cohesive approach that reduces complexity, lowers costs, and enhances overall safety and security. SECOM’s comprehensive service offering ensures seamless coordination and support, resulting in a more reliable and effective protection strategy for the new headquarters.

Implementation and Impact

The implementation of SECOM’s security systems at Caterham’s new headquarters involved a detailed, collaborative approach:

  1. Site Assessment and Planning: SECOM conducted a thorough assessment of the new facility to identify specific security needs and potential vulnerabilities. This included evaluating the layout and operational requirements of the various teams housed in the headquarters.
  2. Customised Design: Based on the assessment, SECOM designed a tailored security solution that integrated all necessary components, ensuring comprehensive coverage and seamless operation.
  3. Installation and Testing: The installation process was meticulously planned and executed to ensure we meet Caterham’s programme of works ready for Caterham’s operations to commence.  Rigorous testing was conducted to ensure all systems functioning optimally.
  4. Training and Support: SECOM provided comprehensive training for Caterham’s staff on the use and management of the new security systems. Ongoing support and maintenance services will continue to ensure the systems remain effective and up-to-date.

SECOM’s security solutions provide peace of mind to employees and visitors alike. The integrated systems have streamlined operations and contributed to a more efficient and secure working environment.

“Partnering with SECOM has helped transform our new Caterham Cars HQ. Their security and life safety solutions ensure the safety of our facility, staff, and customers, allowing our team to focus on building our iconic sports cars. With SECOM managing our fire and security systems, we benefit from a streamlined, responsive, and efficient approach. I look forward to our continued collaboration and would be pleased to recommend their services to other businesses.” – Trevor Steel, CFO, Caterham Cars.


“It was a pleasure to provide Caterham with a comprehensive fire and security solution. Our design team tailored a system that addressed their specific needs, and our SECOM engineers, guided by the principles of our Quality, Service, Provider (QSP) philosophy, delivered a seamless installation. This resulted in a more secure environment for their employees and property.” — Martin Harrold, SECOM UK South General Manager.

SECOM’s role in securing Caterham’s new global headquarters underscores our commitment to delivering top-tier fire & security solutions tailored to the unique needs of our clients. By providing comprehensive, innovative, and integrated fire & security systems, SECOM has ensured that Caterham can focus on what they do best—producing world-class sports cars—while we handle their life safety & security needs. This partnership exemplifies how SECOM’s expertise and cutting-edge technology can protect and enhance the operations of leading businesses. 


Caterham Cars




Fire and Security Solutions


Fire Detection, Intruder Alarms, CCTV and Access Control

Download PDF

SECOM are a market-leading provider of bespoke security and fire solutions.

Our innovative range of products, services and solutions enables us to create tailored systems to protect homes or businesses.

Get a Quote