Apollo Fire Detectors comes top of the class at St Bartholomew’s

Posted On 24 Apr 2015
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Patients, staff and visitors to one of London’s top hospitals are now better protected thanks to the installation of an Apollo Fire Detectors Discovery system specified by fire alarm specialist Static Systems Group (SSG) and leading developer Skanska.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the leading and internationally-renowned teaching hospital commonly known as Barts, offers a full range of specialist services, including centres for the treatment of cancer, heart conditions and fertility problems. The main nine-storey building comprises hospital wards with 250 beds, day procedure units, service departments and public areas. Average site occupancy stands at up to 6,000 people at any one time.

Skanska was appointed as main contractor for the development project on behalf of Capital Hospitals and Barts Health NHS Trust. The company duly selected alarm and systems communications provider SSG to design, supply and install a new fire detection system for the site following Skanska’s two phases of both new build and refurbishment works at Barts (where the construction of a new concrete-framed clinical facility consolidates the existing, widely spread hospital operations into a single, purpose-built unit).

As a busy hospital, there were a number of factors that needed to be taken into consideration for Barts’ fire system design. Special attention was paid to audible and visual alarms in public areas (eg waiting rooms and associated circulation spaces, as well as areas of high ambient noise such as plant rooms).

There are also a number of potential causes of false alarms which had to be factored-in to the design, among them cooking facilities, contractors working on site and the high volume of general public access.

In total, more than 6,500 Apollo Discovery units are installed throughout Barts, including over 5,000 Multisensor Detectors and 1,000 Manual Call Points.

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