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.”