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World Famous Restaurants Enjoy Advanced Protection

Two of London’s most exclusive restaurants, including the world-renowned Ivy, are now protected by industry-leading fire panels from Advanced.

Both The Ivy and Sexy Fish in Berkeley Square, which are both owned by Caprice Holdings, have been fitted with MxPro 4 fire panels from Advanced. The Ivy has recently been subject to a full refurbishment, overseen by the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The work included a comprehensive overhaul of the building’s fire system by experts from Sussex-based ROC Solutions, who also installed the brand-new system at Sexy Fish, as well as the existing fire panels in The Club at The Ivy.

Dean O’Brien, Director at ROC Solutions, commented: “The Ivy project was not only high-profile, but also logistically challenging, working around the quick refit schedule and interfacing with the neighbouring The Ivy Club, which remained open. In comparison, installation of the new system at Sexy Fish was not quite so complex, but still just as vital.

“For both projects, Advanced panels were the obvious choice, offering the right mix of features, reliability and adaptability to safeguard customers, staff and the fabric of the restaurants. Careful planning was needed to ensure that the fire system components did not encroach on the luxurious finishes in each establishment, while the Sexy Fish system needed to be integrated with the existing network in Berkeley Square House, one of London’s most desirable addresses.”

Advanced Fire Protection

MxPro is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire solution, offering customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into multi-loop, high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and controlling up to 254 individual devices per loop

The Ivy system which is integrated with the existing EMS radio system in Ivy Club, covers both the public and private areas of the West End restaurant, including the dining rooms, kitchens and other back of house areas, while the brand new fire system at Sexy Fish covers all areas of the Mayfair restaurant.

Advanced Fire Protection

Neil Parkin, Sales Manager for the North at Advanced, said: “Advanced panels are already installed in several Caprice Holdings venues, so we were very pleased to supply MxPro-based systems for The Ivy and Sexy Fish. Our products bring with them an enviable reputation for performance and ease-of-use, which has led to their installation in buildings as diverse as The Shard and Iona Abbey. We have worked closely with Dean and his team for a number of years and MxPro is now Roc Solutions’ first choice of panel for all new installations and upgrade projects.”

MxPro 4 is fully compliant with EN54 Parts 2 and 4. The MxPro 5 is Advanced’s highest performance analogue panel. It is EN54 2, 4 & 13 approved and is backward compatible with MxPro 4, offering long-term security for MxPro customers.

www.advancedco.com.

ROCKWOOL reaches new heights in Manchester’s skyline

ROCKWOOL insulation has been specified and installed on a landmark project in the centre of Manchester, providing two new tower blocks with a façade system that ticks all the boxes: fire prevention, thermal insulation and an aesthetically pleasing external appearance.

The Cambridge Street development includes two and three bedroom apartments, built to alleviate Manchester’s growing population. Originally a vacant brownfield site, the project will provide 282 residential flats in a highly accessible location within Manchester’s City Centre.

Although the location is one of the development’s biggest selling points, it presented a challenge for the construction teams. As well as abiding to the local surroundings, the contractor required an insulation solution that complied with all building regulations, including a U-value of 0.18 W/m²K, and would withstand external elements to ensure a quick and undisruptive installation phase.  The materials also had to conform or exceed the regulation for limited combustibility defined in section B4 of Approved Document B External Fire Spread.

Due to ROCKWOOL RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB® being approved by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) as an acceptable solution for projects above 18 meters, Manchester-based building contractor, Renaker Build specified 13,000m2 of 125mm RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB®.

“As a project manager, I have to make many decisions each day, but specifying RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB® for this project was one of the easiest decisions I had to make,” comments Pete Cregeen of Renaker Build.  “We had a strict technical specification to meet, which RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB® effortlessly achieved. I am most impressed with the company’s streamline route to fire compliance with Approved Document B and fire safe solutions for high rise buildings over 18m. In comparison to other insulation solutions, there was no alternative.”

As a fibre based product, RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB® can be amalgamated to slot into very tight spaces, leaving no empty gaps and achieving optimum thermal performance. It features a dual density insulation board that incorporates a robust outer surface and a resilient inner face. By compressing the primary fleece onto the top 50mm of the insulation, the product can be used, unprotected, in conditions of severe climatic exposure, including strong wind and rain, as experienced at high altitudes. In addition, the RAINSCREEN DUO SLAB® requires fewer fittings compared to other standard stone wool slabs, minimising installation time.

“We are delighted with the ease of installation and the speed at which we could erect the building’s rainscreen,” comments Pete. “ROCKWOOL goes beyond supplying the product and provided fantastic support. Designated technicians were regularly on site during the planning stages and are readily available throughout the installation phase to ensure satisfactory product installation. This additional service provides invaluable support for our men during construction.”

Based in the city centre of Manchester, the final appearance of the building was crucial in the design and specification stage. ROCKWOOL insulation can be easily rendered to accommodate the project’s strict aesthetic requirements using a wide range of available aesthetic tissue faces.

www.rockwool.co.uk

Rievaulx Abbey sings the praises of its new Morley-IAS life safety system

 Honeywell

Rievaulx Abbey was built by a group of 12 Cistercian monks in 1131 near the River Rye in a remote valley, deep in what is now the picturesque North York Moors National Park. At its height Rievaulx Abbey was one of the wealthiest monasteries in Great Britain and supported around 140 monks and 500 lay brothers and servants. Such great wealth, and the monastic obedience to Rome, led Henry VIII to dissolve the monasteries and the building was suppressed in 1538 and left to decay. Over the years Rievaulx Abbey’s ruins have been an inspiration for poets, painters, and scholars, and was one of the first major ruins to be conserved by the Office of Works in 1917.

As one of the most complete and atmospheric of England’s abbey ruins, there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of people taking time to walk around and explore the Rievaulx Abbey site. In order to build on its popularity English Heritage has constructed a dedicated visitor centre that includes a museum displaying previously unseen artefacts including elaborate medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins. The facility also has a shop and a tearoom, and visitors can pick up an audio tour to learn more or hunt for clues of medieval life on the family trail.

Honeywell

Honeywell

Protecting the nation’s historical buildings and monuments, and those visiting them, requires a meticulous approach to life safety. Therefore, when it came to this aspect of the development, English Heritage called upon the services of Shipley based Rosse Systems to specify, install and commission a suitable solution. Dave Thewlis, the company’s Sales Director, says, ‘As well as having over 34 years of experience and knowledge in the fire detection industry, we have worked closely with English Heritage for a number of years. Likewise, as a longstanding Morley-IAS partner, we know that its innovative technology is reliable, robust and has the ability to minimise unwanted alarms.’

Rosse Systems designed a BS 5389 compliant category L1 solution, which is designed for the protection of life and deploys automatic detectors throughout all areas of the three buildings – including roof spaces and voids – with the aim of providing the earliest possible warning. This was based around three networked Morley-IAS DX Connexion (DXc) panels from Honeywell.

The single loop DXc1 variant was used and Hugh McQuaid, Business Manager, Honeywell Security and Fire, explains, ‘This panel is ideally suited for use in the protection of small to medium sized buildings like those at Rievaulx Abbey. Completely open protocol, it has been developed to be the most time efficient panel on the market to install, and possesses the traditional Morley-IAS qualities of reliability, flexibility and value, with advanced features and intuitive functionality.’

Although beam detection was briefly considered for the installation, it was ultimately decided that single point smoke detection would be the most suitable option. So, complementing the Morley-IAS DXc1 panels System Sensor S200 Advanced optical smoke sensors were selected.  The S200A range has a completely unique detection chamber design, which is the result of many years of research and design by System Sensor, and delivers improved responsiveness and reduced sensitivity to changes in environmental conditions.

The devices are managed by embedded software running complex algorithms that further improve resilience to unwanted alarms and improve detection speed. With two integral tri-colour LEDs that provide 360° local visual indication of the device status, the S200A is programmable with static or blinking red, amber and green status indications available. Furthermore, all Series 200 Advanced detectors are environmentally friendly and meet the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements, therefore helping English Heritage meet its corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives.

Thanks to the ease of use of the Morley-IAS and System Sensor devices, the installation went smoothly. However, Rosse Systems had to maintain the integrity of the buildings and meet the strict requirements of the architect. Dave Thewlis comments, ‘This aspect of the project meant that we had to try and keep the system discreetly sited to maintain the character of the interiors. At times this was much easier said than done, but thanks to our vast experience of carrying out work in all types of buildings, it was a challenge we relished.’

Rievaulx Abbey has just enjoyed a highly successful summer season and the new facilities have been unanimously well received. Christine Keld, English Heritage Area Manager for Yorkshire and the South Lakes, concludes, ‘Rievaulx Abbey has always been a place of incredible inspiration and interest to people from all walks of life. Our investment in these new facilities means that more people than ever can have an informative, educational and enjoyable day out here.’

http://www.morley-ias.co.uk/

Cembrit Launches Windstopper Extreme in a Blaze of Glory

Windstopper

Cembrit, the leading roofing and cladding specialist, is pleased to announce the UK launch of Windstopper Extreme – a new sheathing board that is ideal for a range of uses on UK construction projects. To coincide with the launch, Cembrit tested the board to BS EN 1634-1:2015 / BS 476:22 at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Cembrit is delighted to report Windstopper Extreme passed the test achieving a one hour fire rating.

Cembrit Windstopper

A sheathing board such as Windstopper Extreme is typically installed behind decorative rainscreen cladding to effectively ‘seal’ the internal environment of a building. It is an excellent alternative to cement particle board and has, following the successful fire test, proven fire resistance. Simon Mayes, National Sales Manager, Cladding and Building Boards, for Cembrit is sure that the architects, specifiers and contractors will appreciate the wide range of benefits that Windstopper Extreme offers: ‘The performance and versatility of Windstopper Extreme make it a noteworthy entrant onto the UK cladding and building board scene. We were already aware of its excellent qualities as a first class sheathing board and to add the one hour fire test on top of that extends the board’s appeal and application potential.’

Building Regulations and other documentation require building structural elements to provide minimum periods of fire resistance, usually expressed in minutes, which are generally based on the occupancy and size of the building. BS EN 1634-1:2015 / BS 476:22 determines the fire resistance of non-loadbearing elements, such as sheathing boards, of a building construction when subjected to certain heating and pressure conditions. When subjected to a 60 minute fire test, Windstopper Extreme passed with flying colours.

Cembrit Windstopper Extreme acts as a windproof membrane for exterior walls that can absorb and release moisture without affecting the durability, strength or performance of the board. This very low vapour transmission resistance, enables moisture generated inside a building to pass through to the outside. Insulation can be placed directly against the inner side of the board which is also resistant toward both rot and fungal growth. The Scandinavian heritage of Windstopper Extreme also ensures it can withstand considerable fluctuations in weather and climatic conditions.

For further information visit www.cembrit.co.uk, email info@cembrit.co.uk or tel: +44 (0)20 8301 8900.

Notifier introduces new BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

Honeywell

Notifier by Honeywell announced today the launch of a new continuing professional development (CPD) course 2016/2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important, as the guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed it is likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD has been written by experts within the company, it enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of fire, before covering recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

Those attending will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (critical), B (standard) and C (indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of a fire.

‘It is fair to say that since its original introduction eight years ago BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored, apart for a few isolated cases of best practice,’ commented Gregg Bushell, Senior Marketing Communications Honeywell Security and Fire. ‘I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change and this CPD is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no one size fits all approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system and fire doors and exits should be considered individually so that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.’

For further information and to book a place please email Gregg.Bushell@honeywell.com

http://www.notifierfiresystems.co.uk

RCM Ltd appointed Exclusive Distributor by Extemegreen Building Products LLC for the UK market

extremegreen

RCM Ltd are pleased to announce their appointment by Extremegreen Building Products, LLC., to exclusively distribute their Extremegreen magnesium oxide building boards across the UK.

Extremegreen is a building board manufactured using a proprietary formula that is reinforced with multiple layers of glass fiber mesh for added structural integrity and impact resistance. The sheets are used as external fire rated sheathing panels, internal wallboard, tile backerboard, sub-flooring, roof underlay and structural insulated panels. Extremegreen MgO is resistant to fire, moisture, mould and mildew, wood boring insects, is completely toxin free and is a carbon neutral building material.

By adding Extremegreen into their brand portfolio RCM have extended their offering by introducing a ‘green’ option to their sheathing board range, thereby letting their customers have the best possible selection of quality building products.

Extremegreen Building Products, based in Mobile, Alabama, is the manufacturer of the high density structural magnesium oxide boards. The boards have unique properties and are made from non-combustible materials that are impervious to water. The boards will not grow mould, nor mildew and as they contain zero foodstuff. They are also resistant to wood boring insects. The boards are people-safe and emit no toxic dust when cut or handled. Finally, they are 100% recyclable and have a very low energy input during the manufacturing process. These building boards truly represent a quantum shift in building technology and thinking.

Being a major leader in the field, RCM are committed to continuing to offer a diverse range of building material solutions, whilst refusing to compromise on quality.

“The agreement with Extremegreen is a huge success for RCM and promises exciting developments for the company. The inclusion of an MgO based board, and an environmentally friendly option, within our sheathing board range allows for even greater choice when specifying projects. RCM look forward to continue leading the way in building board technology with Extremegreen” (Ian Quinton, MD, RCM Ltd.).

“We were looking for a forward thinking group of people at the top of their game to represent Extremegreen as our distributor in the UK. A company with the same ethos as ours that could carry our message and mantra to market. We believe we have found that in RCM and look forward to working with them as our sole UK distributor. RCM has a solid reputation in the UK building industry as suppliers of cement based building materials and we believe Extremegreen fits into this portfolio perfectly.” (Sam Catling, President, Extremegreen Building Products, LLC.)

Contact: For more details visit www.extremegreenbp.com

http://www.buildingboards.co.uk/

Morley-IAS crosses the divide at the Humber Bridge

One of the most spectacular structures in the whole of the UK, the Humber Bridge is a 2,220m single span suspension bridge which, when it opened in June 1981 was the longest in the world. Providing unrivalled views of the second largest coastal plain estuary in the country, it reaches 156m at its highest point and took eight years to build. It acts as a vital social and economic link between the East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, two previously remote and insular areas of England, improving communication and enabling the area to realise its potential in terms of commercial, industrial and tourist development.

A masterpiece of civil engineering, the Humber Bridge was developed out of a design used initially for the Severn Bridge near Bristol. Approval for the construction of a suspension bridge was granted in 1959 with the passing of the Humber Bridge Act and the creation of the Humber Bridge Board, although it was not until 1973 that work finally began. Officially opened in July 1981 by H.M. Queen, it operates a toll system to help fund the maintenance programmes and the infrastructure required for its operation.

The Humber Bridge contains a surprisingly complex infrastructure that is primarily housed in the two towers. Its Maintenance Manager, John Williams, explains, ‘These substations contain a plethora of mechanical and electrical plant and machinery, which are relied upon for the Humber Bridge’s operation.

Within these areas there is a need for fire detection and Beverley based Fire Protection Supplies has used its expertise to provide solutions to the Humber Bridge over a number of years. Trevor Campbell, the company’s Director, states, ‘We are well equipped to satisfy the most complex fire prevention situations and have completed many high profile installations across the north east and beyond. John contacted us to discuss upgrading the fire detection control panels and graphics system at the Humber Bridge, which involved installing industry leading ZX products and the innovative Visualeyez Graphics Workstation from Morley-IAS by Honeywell.’

Seven panels were replaced overall and these are sited in a variety of locations including the administration offices, where a central control room that contains all the servers and IT related technology is used to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Here the ZX5Se panels were installed, while at the other plant areas across the Humber Bridge saw a combination of ZX1Se and ZX2Se products used.

The panels have been configured to report back to a new Visualeyez Graphics Workstation. Explaining the benefits of this technology, Ben Fothergill, Business Manager North & Scotland at Morley-IAS by Honeywell, says, ‘In an emergency situation, information and control are both paramount. Without knowing what has occurred and where it happens, it is difficult to provide an effective resolution of the situation. Visualeyez is designed to present the information in a simple, clear and user-friendly way, allowing rapid comprehension of the situation.’

In addition to the basic function of displaying alarms at a central location, Visualeyez also offers the ability to record and analyse both alarms and non-alarm events. This provides the building’s engineers or management with the tools they need to analyse alarms, faults, review events, assess problems and plan their maintenance and false alarm prevention strategies.

‘Visualeyez has provided the Humber Bridge with much more than just an alarm monitoring package,’ comments Trevor Campbell, ‘We have configured it so that it operates as a building management system, so the plant rooms are monitored via I/O devices and can send alerts about any issues affecting the equipment. It also has an events page that can generate an automatic report about any situation and can also control, start and test the system remotely, as well as switching on cameras to provide images of a location where an alarm has been activated. To enhance security, access doors and hatches have been fitted with sensors, so if an engineer is on-site, every time a door is opened a security warning is generated that provides a full audit trail of his or her activities.’

It was decided that it would be beneficial to have two monitors within the central control room. To achieve this Fire Protection Supplies fitted a multimedia splitter over Category 5e twisted pair copper data cable, which now enables the two monitors to see the same Visualeyez system. To enable future expansion, the Visualeyez software supports 16 panels and can be upgraded to extend the software’s capabilities.

John Williams of the Humber Bridge is impressed with the results of the upgrade and concludes, ‘It is surprising how many people assume that the Humber Bridge operates with minimal human input. This is not the case at all and we rely heavily on a combination of technology and people to ensure that it operates as it should 24 hours a day. Having a state-of-the-art fire detection system is therefore a vital part of its infrastructure and thanks to the knowledge and expertise of Fire Protection Supplies and Morley-IAS, that’s exactly what we have.’

For further information please telephone +44 (0) 1273 897000, E: sales@morleyias.co.uk or visit http://www.morley-ias.co.uk/