Permanently moored as a museum ship on the River Thames in London, the decommissioned Royal Navy warship, HMS Belfast is owned and operated by Imperial War Museum (IWM).
As part of ongoing fire system upgrade works taking place across the Museum’s estate, an eight-loop and a two-loop MxPro 5 fire panel, along with a TouchControl touchscreen remote control terminal and repeater, have been installed across six of the battleship’s nine decks, as well as in its on-shore visitor pavilion.
Modern and user-friendly
Facilities services company Atalian Servest was responsible for the installation, commissioning, and networking of the fire panels in accordance with BS 5839. The panels were integrated with around 700 Apollo Xp95 detectors and interfaced with VESDA aspirating smoke detection.
The panels were integrated with 700 Apollo Xp95 detectors and interfaced with VESDA aspirating smoke detection
Shane Robinson, Project Manager at Atalian Servest Fire & Security, said, “Following a number of successful MxPro 5 installation projects across numerous buildings operated by the IWM estate, Advanced’s solutions were our first choice when recommending a fire system for HMS Belfast."
"The fire alarm control and indicating equipment is both modern and extremely user-friendly for clients to operate, with the added functionality and aesthetics of the TouchControl panel.”
High-resolution touchscreen repeater
TouchControl is the low-profile, high-resolution touchscreen repeater that makes it easy to check fire system status via interactive maps and zone plans while complementing a wide range of interiors.
When in standby, it can be used to display branding, advertisements, and information, but will instantly revert to fire operation when a fire condition occurs.
Fire alarm control panels
Responsible for the supply of the fire alarm control panels for the project at HMS Belfast was Advanced’s long-standing partner, ADI Global.
Gareth Roberts, Category Manager of Fire for UK and Ireland at ADI Global, said, “It’s a pleasure to have been able to supply Atalian Servest with the MxPro 5 and TouchControl equipment required to protect such a treasured and iconic part of Britain’s maritime history.”
“The customer chose ADI due to our excellent value proposition and our commitment to deliver against requirements. We utilized our extensive, industry-leading stock portfolio to ensure the customer’s expectations and requirements were met throughout the lifecycle of this project.”
Fire system solution
MxPro 5 panels can be used in single-loop, single-panel format, or easily configured into high-speed networks
MxPro 5 is a multiprotocol fire system solution, certified by FM Approvals to the EN 54 standard. It offers customers a choice of four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support.
MxPro 5 panels can be used in single-loop, single-panel format, or easily configured into high-speed networks of up to 200 panels covering huge areas. Ease of installation and configuration, as well as its wide peripheral range, make MxPro 5 customizable to almost any application.
High protection standard
Neil Parkin, Regional Sales Manager for the North at Advanced, said, “With around 350,000 visitors to the warship each year, the newly installed category L1 system provides the highest standard of protection to those onboard."
"Thanks to the work of all involved in this project, I’m confident that Advanced’s solutions will deliver unrivaled protection for many years to come.”