A new £5 million car showroom in Tonbridge, Kent owned by the Jardine Motors Group is using L@titude – a state-of-the-art fire alarm control panel produced by life safety system manufacturer Hochiki Europe. The showroom, which showcases high-value Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, needed a state-of-the-art control and indication system which would link its various heat, flame and smoke detectors from around the space. The selected system was specified due to its reliability, flexibility, user friendliness and accessibility.
Founded in 1969, Jardine Motors Group presides over 70 locations across the UK that represent no less than 17 different car manufacturers. The Group’s prestigious showrooms embody the company’s ethos of investing in spaces which provide customers with high-end experiences.
The facilities management team at Jardine Motors have made use of the new addressable life safety platform, L@titude, to help protect two floors of high-value space at the Kent facility. As is the case with all of Hochiki Europe’s products, L@titude is compliant with the highest European and global safety standards, including EN54-2, EN54-4 and EN54-13.
Hochiki Europe designed the panel to maximise usability and ease of operation so maintenance teams and duty managers can instantly locate safety breaches in real-time from any location. The product employs a full-colour touchscreen display which allows for clear and concise information to be displayed about each detection device within the showroom.
The product also has a 10,000-capacity event log and up to 144 zone indicators and, importantly, can support up to 5,000 cause and effect entries.
To further support the Jardine Motors Group, the Hochiki team worked closely with Roger Dawkins ( facilities manager at the Tonbridge showroom), giving him a guided tour around the manufacturer’s cutting-edge manufacturing plant in Gillingham as well as affording consultation on the final aesthetic design of the new system.
The modular nature of the control panel meant all field wiring could be connected to a passive motherboard to which electronic hardware can be added and reconfigured without disconnecting older wiring. This, in turn, enabled a quick turnaround of the project, allowing works to be completed on time and within budget.
Neil Eves, systems manager for Hochiki Europe, commented: “After understanding the requirements of the showroom, we knew L@titude was the perfect solution. Operating from a 2-8 loop circuit capacity with a 2-16 loop variant available if required, it can support up to 2,000 zones, recording 10,000 incidents. This makes it ideal for larger developments such as this. To demonstrate its capabilities and our unique manufacturing operations, we invited Roger for a personal tour of the Hochiki Europe factory to show, first hand, our detailed production process for a wide variety of products.”
Subsequent to the system’s installation, Dawkins commented: “We were absolutely blown away with the professionalism and level of support shown by Hochiki Europe. Having the chance to see the production and design process gave us reassurance in the company’s ability to provide state-of-the-art life safety systems which would meet our needs as a business. This end-to-end support was a truly personalised experience, with Hochiki Europe even taking on board our suggestions for improvements. Taking such an active interest in our needs confirmed our decision in choosing them as our manufacturer.”
Jardine Motors Group is currently exploring the roll out of L@titude across all of its showrooms nationwide thanks to the initial success of the life safety protection regime now in operation in Kent.