A fire detection and alarm solution from fire industry experts Gent by Honeywell, has been installed in one of the UK’s newest cultural venues, the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, Scotland. Opened to visitors in January 2013, The Beacon is situated at Customhouse Quay, overlooking the River Clyde estuary. The prestigious building is the replacement venue for the Greenock Arts Guild Theatre, which served the community of Inverclyde for 65 years. Gent Voice Alarm (VA) system At the brand new arts centre, Scotshield, renowned UK independent service provider for safety, life safety and electronic security systems, installed a Gent Voice Alarm (VA) system integrated with the Vigilon fire detection system, selected to meet the venue’s multipurpose requirements. Scotshield Fire & Security, was involved in the project from the early stages and, as a Gent Technology Centre, is highly experienced at supplying Gent equipment and carrying out design, installation, commissioning and maintenance operations to the company’s exacting standards. Cutting-edge theatre technology The Gent VA system combines the function of emergency VA with everyday use for PA and entertainment The Beacon has two performing spaces, together with a bistro/bar and three large rehearsal rooms which can be extended to provide a function suite for up to 170 guests. The new building will use cutting-edge theatre technology as well as providing infrastructure for live television broadcasts. The centre’s theatre can accommodate more than 500 patrons on three levels and boasts one of the largest main stages in Scotland. The fully equipped theatre set up includes a full height fly tower with counterweight system, two trap doors, retractable orchestra pit and generous wing space. Public Address (PA) system Martin Gordon, project manager, Scotshield Fire & Security, said “The key requirement was for a solution that could provide maximum flexibility, one that could combine both comprehensive fire cover and a Public Address (PA) system. The Gent rack based VA/PA system and Vigilon was ideal, we demonstrated it to the client in the planning stages and found that every element suited their needs.” The Gent VA system at the Beacon Arts Centre combines the function of emergency VA with everyday use for PA and entertainment. It allows music to be played through 7 different zones in the building, from background music in reception to the differing musical requirements of the stage areas. The simple and cost effective solution for both emergency and non-urgent use is also used as a PA system for staff announcements and the fireman’s microphone is in place to manage safe evacuation should that be necessary. EN54-24 certified Loudspeakers Beacon Arts Centre is the first project for Gent by Honeywell employing a complete range of EN54-24 loudspeakers The VA system from Gent by Honeywell is certified to EN54-16 and is complimented by a range of EN54-24 certified Loudspeakers to ensure the system is both compliant with regulations and will perform reliably. In fact, the Beacon Arts Centre is the first project completed by Gent by Honeywell employing a complete range of EN54-24 loudspeakers from its recently launched range. Stuart Brown, business manager at Gent said, “The Beacon is a significant new addition to the Scottish theatre and arts scene and we’re confident that the unique solution installed will provide the ultimate protection as well as enhance the visitor’s experience. Our Voice Alarm system components meet all of the requirements of EN54 parts 16 and 24 and have proven to be most effective solution for similar venues across the UK due to their flexibility and performance.” Honeywell Gent fire detection systems Gent by Honeywell is synonymous with quality and innovation in the fire detection and alarm industry. Honeywell Gent fire detection systems have been developed to the highest possible standards to deliver the most advanced fire detection and alarm system available in the market today.
An innovative fire detection and alarm (FDA) solution from fire industry experts Gent by Honeywell has been selected to protect visitors at one of the UK’s largest regimental museums, Scotland’s Highlander’s Museum. Gent Vigilon system The Gent system has been installed as part of a £2.9 million redevelopment program which has transformed the museum into a heritage center where visitors can learn about the history of army regiments raised from the region and their links to clans and local communities in the Highlands and Islands. The Highlander's Museum covers three floors of Fort George’s former Lieutenant Governors’ House. The museum has roughly 20,000 artifacts and an estimated 10,000 documents and photographs. The Gent Vigilon analogue addressable FDA system will protect the entire museum, including 16 separate exhibition areas, common areas and employee offices. S-Quad sensors More than 100 devices installed with the Gent Vigilon system connecting the panels together to retain control on the site The project has seen more than 100 devices installed with the Gent Vigilon system connecting the panels together to retain control on the site. Gent’s four separate sensing elements in the S-Quad sensors will play a key part in rapid fire detection for the building. The system includes the use of the voice messaging capability through the sounder functionality of the S-Quad devices to ensure quick and safe evacuation in the event of a fire. The museum’s refurbishment project involved a complete overhaul of the site’s security system with the Gent FDA solution linking into the main system. Kings Security Systems Ltd, one of the Gent 24 network of systems integrators, supplied and commissioned the new system, working alongside electrical contractors, NG Bailey, who carried out the installation. Installing security and fire alarm system Brian Ross, Account Manager, Kings Security Systems Ltd, said, “It was a first class installation however we were expecting some challenges along the way. The museum is an old building with very thick walls, the running of cabling was difficult and we had to drill through floor joists and channel out walls to install the full security and fire alarm system”. He adds, “As a Gent Systems Integrator, we put this solution forward as we knew it would provide the required flexibility. There are many features to the Vigilon system that stand out, it has voice capability on the loop and at the same time offers a cost effective option which is vital for any commercial project.” Gent on-site paging system There were two separate Gent installations carried out as part of the refurbishment program - as well as the main museum, a Gent onsite paging system was integrated with the intruder alarm in the armoury. Stuart Brown said, “One of the aims of the refurbishment was to house its precious artifacts in the best conditions possible to ensure their long term survival. We’re delighted that one of our robust solutions will be contributing to this vital role, and will play a key part in protecting the historical building, its valuable contents, and the thousands of expected visitors.”