North Shields firm wins Sunderland Empire contract

2020 Vision, a North Tyneside based specialist security organisation, has won a lucrative contract to install an expansive CCTV system of 20 cameras to the North East’s flagship theatre.


The iconic Sunderland Empire has made the bold decision to invest in an overhaul of its existing security system in a joint partnership with Sunderland City Council.

Peter Houlis, managing director of 2020 Vision, explained: “The theatre’s previous system was out-of-date and simply not serving its purpose.  The decision to invest in a new system means the historic building and some of its most valuable features will remain protected for many more years to come.

“Technology has moved on tremendously and this provides the theatre with state-of-the-art monitoring systems.”

The new CCTV system includes 20 new cameras, including 18 internal and two external cameras and is substantially bigger than the previous network.

Chris Francis, maintenance manager at the Sunderland Empire, commented: “We require a professional system that keeps our visitors, staff and building safe.  That has been our priority and has included the need for cameras to all public entrances and areas and the stage door.  We’re thrilled with the solution 2020 Vision has provided us.”

In the current climate, Peter Houlis believes that the contract win is positive news for region.

Peter concluded: “The previous system was installed by a national security firm based in the south.  But we have the skills and expertise within the North East giving us the ability to retain investment in the area.  This contract win proves that businesses can look on their own doorstep before looking beyond.”

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