Fast-track fire detection

Fast-track fire detection

The installation of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s two integrated fire detection systems was one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

Defensor Fire Detection Systems has just commissioned a major installation of Notifier fire detection systems at the new Birmingham Children’s Hospital (pic, right).

The hospital had outgrown its present location and was being relocated to the site of Birmingham’s old General Hospital. As part of the changeover, the old listed buildings have been completely stripped and refurbished, and new buildings added to the site.

Balfour Kilpatrick, the main on-site electrical contractor, tendered the fire detection system to a number of companies before selecting Defensor Fire Detection Systems and Notifier products for the project.

The system at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital consists of eight Notifier AFP 4000 advanced analogue intelligent fire panels, controlling over 2500 detectors, 250 manual call points, 400 sounders and over 100 input/output modules interfacing with building plant services. Over twenty repeater stations were also installed. Installation was carried out by Balfour Kilpatrick, while Defensor handled on-site project management, testing, configuration and system commission.

Defensor was also awarded an independent tender to provide a sophisticated fire detection system for the adjoining accommodation and administration blocks at the hospital. Here the requirement was for two Notifier AFP4000 8 loop panels controlling some 600 sensors, over 60 call points and in excess of one hundred sounders. A repeater panel was also installed. Installation was carried out by Defensor under sub-contract from the Middleton Maintenance Group, and Defensor also handled testing, configuration and system commission.

Despite the fact that these were two separate contracts and fire detection systems, the client required both systems to be networked together to maintain system uniformity. However this was achievable, as Notifier AFP4000 panels can be networked together via an Echelon/Lonworks network by fitting them with a NION4000 (Network Input Output Node).

After the system had been commissioned and handed over, full Notifier software was provided free to the client for any reconfiguration or maintenance work which may be required in the future.

“The Birmingham Children’s Hospital project was one of the largest fast-track fire alarm projects ever seen in the Midlands, if not the UK,” remarks Adrian Ogden of Defensor. “It required constant project management and the highest level of co-operation and co-ordination between all the parties.”

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