Addressable fire alarm panel from Kentec protects Norfolk’s Grade I-listed Granary Court

Granary Court

Granary Court

A sophisticated addressable fire alarm panel manufactured by life safety control systems specialist Kentec is protecting employees, residents and property at Grade I-listed Granary Court in Norfolk. The two-storey medieval granary and cottage, now converted into office space and meeting rooms, is constructed of flint and stone dressings and has a plain and pantile roof. The project required a solution sensitive to the property’s age, stone construction and listing, as well as a reliable system that could be trusted to protect what is an important historic building.

Designed, supplied, installed and commissioned by East Coast Fire & Security, the solution includes Kentec’s single-loop Syncro AS addressable fire panel, Apollo XP95 detection devices, addressable beacon sounder bases, optical smoke detectors, heat sensors, multi-criteria sensors, Manual Call Points and intelligent input/output units. The system is connected to an Alarm Receiving Centre to provide 24/7 monitoring.

Simon Hubbard, director of East Coast Fire & Security, stated: “Due to the sensitivity of the site and the focus on reliability, Kentec’s fire panel was the only choice. The Syncro AS panel is simple to install which is useful for a project of this complexity, but more importantly it’s also very easy for the end user customer to operate.”

Syncro AS is a multi-protocol panel providing maximum choice in system design. It has powerful cause and effects software and can be used to network up to 64 panels, meaning that a system can be expanded as and when required.

“The project was challenging due to the age of the building and also because it involved working alongside other specialist contractors,” explained Hubbard. “Kentec provided invaluable support to both ourselves and the customer, and the end result is a project that’s a great success.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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