Safer Cell Systems have an old, and very wise, corporate head on a young and lean corporate body. Keith Bates, the Managing Director is a qualified accountant who has experience of project managing many major fit-out contracts including nearly 3,000 prison cells/psychiatric hospital bedrooms.

In October 2009, the operation was moved to new facilities at Westbury Farm in Upminster. In addition to some 20,000sq ft of production and storage capacity we are unusual having access to over 30 acres of fields and trees including a woodland trail of some 2 miles which meanders through some of the 5,000 trees that have been planted on the property in conjunction with the Woodland Trust. A stressful day in the office soon fades when you are able to sit beside one of our ponds and watch the fish, newts and dragonflies, or if you are very lucky, the kingfishers.

We have updated the production facilities and have invested in two state of the art CNC Routers to complement our CNC beam saw. In conjunction with the latest software this ensures that we can respond to design and detail changes at lowest cost by minimising off-cut waste and maximising production speed.

Specialised anti-ligature furniture comprises wardrobes, storage units, writing surfaces and beds or bunks of varying sizes and details. We recognise that the needs in a medical unit of a prison or secure ward in a mental health unit may vary from those in a standard prison house block and have a wide range of alternative products available. There are however a range of design themes running through the furniture. We aim to avoid an institutional look, the material must meet high fire retardancy standards, fixings must be hidden, no sharp edges, the design must be appropriate for the need. Above all, the requirement is to create a safe, anti-ligature environment.