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Life is sweeter at The Chocolate Quarter thanks to Advanced’s bespoke fire protection provision

by Brian Sims

The Chocolate Quarter, one of the UK’s most stylish retirement complexes, is now protected by fire panels from Advanced.

Originally the home of Fry’s chocolate, the iconic collection of 1920s buildings has been developed by KWL Architects and Andrew Wilson Developments for Bristol-based charity the St Monica Trust. The end result is an impressive complex of high-spec apartments combined with a range of leisure facilities.

As well as protecting the multi-tenant retirement apartments and care home, the Advanced system also covers a doctors’ surgery, offices, spa, retail space and car park.

MFS designed, installed and commissioned the Advanced system, which comprises a network of 19 MxPro 5 single-loop, four-loop and repeater panels complete with Hochiki smoke and heat detectors, multi-sensors and heat detection cabling.

The installation of MxPro 5 means that the fire system is also linked to the site’s DECT using an ESPA interface, which allows live fire system status information to be passed to staff pagers.

Commenting on the project, Rick Coles (managing director at MFS) said: “Although useful for any project, the versatility of the Advanced panels really comes into its own on large multi-use sites with many different demands. We had to link the fire system with the site’s DECT, but this was easy to achieve.”

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