The University of Edinburgh, one of the UK’s most prestigious educational establishments with a history stretching back to 1582, is now protected by industry-leading intelligent fire panels from Advanced. Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world, with the Old College building being opened in the early 19th century as a school for anatomy and surgery. The original campus was expanded in the 1880s with the addition of the New College, and the university now occupies six sites throughout Edinburgh. Flexible, Reliable And Compatible The new fire system installed at the main campus by long-term Advanced partner FMS Fire and Security Limited, covers the entire university campus. It compromises of multi-loop Advanced MxPro 4 and MxPro 5 panels, connected using fault-tolerant network cards. The new panels installed at the University of Edinburgh are the latest in a long line of installations" Dominic Rea, Director for FMS Fire and Security, said: “The new panels installed at the University of Edinburgh are the latest in a long line of installations we have undertaken throughout the university Campus, all using MxPro components. The Advanced panels installed are not only flexible and reliable but are also compatible with the existing systems already installed.” Two Panel Ranges MxPro is s multiprotocol panel and offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network that enjoys free training and support. Ronald Kerr, spokesperson for the University of Edinburgh, commented: “The safety of our staff and students is paramount and they are now protected by the best fire panels on the market. The university has been shaping history since it welcomed its first students in 1583 and has played a large part in the scientific and literary development of Scotland. Our buildings are a big part of that history and, thanks to Advanced, they will be protected for many years to come.” Alarm Control Across Advanced’s ease of installation and configuration make MxPro customisable to almost any application MxPro 5 offers high performance fire detection and alarm control across multi-panel networks and multiple sites. MxPro 5 panels are EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 approved. They can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200-panel networks covering huge areas. Advanced’s ease of installation and configuration make MxPro customisable to almost any application and the panel is fully compatible with MxPro 4. Neil Parkin, Advanced Sales Manager for the North, said: “The University of Edinburgh is the latest in a long line of educational establishments protected by Advanced panels, including Sheffield University, Herriot Watt University and a number of leading independent schools. Our MxPro range offers the performance and reliability required by a site such as the University campus and the system is flexible enough to be expanded and upgraded as technology evolves.” Advanced is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems.
The college occupies 76,000 sq ft of teaching and workshop space, with specialist training installations, including 150 metres of external track and catenary A key driver in the successful delivery of the UK’s £42.6 billion HS2 project, the new National College for High Speed Rail, is now protected by industry-leading fire panels from Advanced. Located in Doncaster, a town historically known for its prominent role in rail engineering and maintenance, the college occupies 76,000 sq ft of teaching and workshop space, with specialist training installations, including 150 metres of external track and catenary. It will train thousands of engineers to meet HS2’s future needs, as well as those of the wider rail sector. With 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities set to be created by HS2, and 25,000 people employed during construction, there has been, and continues to be high demand for appropriately skilled workers. Need of a high-quality fire system The Advanced MxPro panels were specified by the team at GBE Fire and Security, who were appointed by main contractor Briggs and Forrester to specify, install and commission the fire system at the site. GBE’s Business Development Manager, Andy Westgarth, commented: “We’re thrilled to have been involved in this project. The college will create many opportunities for young people and make a major contribution to the Northern Powerhouse. With sensitive installations, including electrical catenary, a high-quality fire system is essential and, as a longstanding Advanced partner, we feel that MxPro panels are the ideal solution.” Multiprotocol fire system solution MxPro is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire system solution. It offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering huge areas. MxPro’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application. Reliable and easy to use Neil Parkin, Advanced Sales Manager for the North, commented: “This is the latest in a series of high-profile rail sector installations for Advanced panels. We have worked with GBE on many projects and it’s great to be working with them on such a positive project. MxPro ticks all the boxes for the National College for High Speed Rail, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease-of-use.” Advanced are members of the Rail Industry Fire Association (RIFA) and have panels installed in a number of other rail-related buildings, including the Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station, almost 100 London Underground stations, the Hitachi Rail Europe factory in Newton Aycliffe and the Tyne & Wear Metro.
At the heart of The Broadway’s active fire protection system is a network of 10 Advanced MxPro 5 intelligent multiprotocol panels The Broadway is the latest UK retail venture for Meyer Bergman, which also owns The Bentall Centre in Kingston upon Thames and London’s iconic Burlington Arcade. It is home to over 570,000 sq. ft. of retail and leisure units, plus 1,300 parking spaces. Advanced protects numerous retail destinations around the world, including Westfield Stratford City, in East London, and Harvey Nichols’ Birmingham store. At the heart of The Broadway’s active fire protection system, which covers all areas of the shopping centre, is a network of 10 Advanced MxPro 5 intelligent multiprotocol panels. This is augmented with a TouchControl touchscreen repeater panel, a special evacuation zone control package, a BMS interface, and a bespoke PC-based graphical user interface. The network was designed, configured and commissioned by Carlton Fire Systems Ltd, a long-time Advanced partner, with the installation of equipment and cables being undertaken by Pitts Wilson Electrical. Fire safety with TouchControl Carl Purkiss, spokesperson for Carlton Fire, said: “Advanced panels are well known for their performance, quality and ease of use. They are manufactured to a very high standard and their reliability is unrivalled. We needed a system that fulfilled all of the client’s requirements and the Advanced panels fitted the specifications, especially the new TouchControl panel.” TouchControl is a fully functional remote terminal and repeater, with a 10-inch HD touchscreen, that delivers new and innovative solutions including Active Maps and zone plans, which are easily added to the system from almost any drawing or image, even Google Maps. As well as graphical control and indication, the unique TouchControl interface offers fire panel, network control and reporting right down to individual device level, allowing users to immediately identify the location of a fire alert. Devices in fire, fault, disablement and test status can be controlled using dynamic colour-coded status buttons. TouchControl panels can also run presentations or slideshows when not in active mode. Fire-protected retail facilities Ian Ward, General Manager of The Broadway, commented: “The Broadway represents a major investment by Meyer Bergman in the city of Bradford. We’re proud to develop the finest retail and leisure facilities for our tenants and customers, and this includes fire protection. The complex was the first in the UK to open without a fire marshal as the system was completed ahead of schedule, and we have complete confidence in the capabilities of the Advanced panels.” 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. With EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 approvals, MxPro 5 panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas. Simplifying installation and configuration Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application and it is found in challenging and prestigious sites around the world including western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. Neil Parkin, sales manager for Advanced, said: “We are delighted that Advanced products have been specified for such a high-profile installation. Meyer Bergman is one of the world’s largest development companies and it’s great to add them to our global client portfolio. MxPro panels are the ideal choice for this type of installation, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease of use.”
Checkmate Fire will kick off this year’s exhibiting at the Fire Safety Event at the Birmingham NEC on 10-12 April 2018. The event, an independent event dedicated to supporting the UK’s fire and safety industry, features a powerful combination of education, networking and business support designed to help organizations maintain the very highest standards of fire safety. Checkmate will be featuring both their range of fire stopping services & products and their LPCB certified fire resistant glazing, Alufire. The free seminar program, carefully curated and delivered in partnership with the Fire & Security Matters magazine, covers critical topics in fire safety management and features a mix of case study presentations, white paper presentations, thought-provoking debates and legal updates all presented by government officials, lawyers, and industry professionals, across two theatres. Protecting Buildings with Sprinklers In addition, visitors are invited to attend breakfast briefings on all three days where they will enjoy refreshments while networking and enjoying sessions on cladding fires (10 April), fire protection in tall buildings (11 April) and Protecting Buildings with Sprinklers (12 April). Visitors will also be able to experience the latest products and services plus receive hands-on advice By attending one will be able to see and experience the very latest products and services on the market today. With over 30 specific fire safety companies exhibiting at the event, one will be able to discuss their organization’s fire safety needs 1-on-1 and receive practical hands-on information and advice from major fire safety brands in the industry. Visitors will also be able to experience the latest products and services plus receive hands-on advice from a wide range of major fire safety brands exhibiting at the event. Safely evacuating premises Co-located with The Health & Safety Event and The Facilities Event, The Fire Safety Event is a must-attend for anyone who has a focus on improving life safety, business continuity and business protection for their organization. The keynote theatre will boast three sessions on day one, beginning with Advanced’s Neil Parkin delivering an address on how to eliminate false alarms. This will be followed by a mock trial on the Fire Safety Order, which will be led by Warren Spencer who has prosecuted more than 120 cases under the Order. Dr Bob Docherty will also deliver a session titled passport to fire safety, which will focus on ensuring the workplace is compliant with fire safety laws. The Fire and Evacuation Theatre will host a session on the devastating effects of fires on trains, buses and at sea and how to take steps to mitigate against the risks and a panel debate on how to safely evacuate premises. Sessions on passive fire protection C-Tec will also deliver a session on how to ensure the visual alarm devices are legally compliant Highlights from day two include a Corporate Manslaughter mock trial, which will be delivered on behalf of Turner and Townsend by Gerard Forlin QC from Cornerstone Barristers. Other sessions include guidance on how to evacuate safely during terrorist attacks and how to identify a competent contractor to carry out fire safety work. Kingspan’s Mark Harris will address the key topic of fire safety of insulated panels and facade systems, which has become a mainstream focus in recent months. There will also be a panel debate on fire safety in hospitals, which will explain how to keep patients and premises safe in the event of a fire and key steps to preventing fires. The final day will include keynote sessions on passive fire protection – complying with the law, lessons learned from Grenfell Tower fire and how to protect vulnerable people during fires. C-Tec will also deliver a session on how to ensure the visual alarm devices are legally compliant. There will be one final panel debate on reliable protection and safe evacuation of premises.