School fire protection system

School requiring a comprehensive upgrade of its fire protection system.

Contract Value: 100k
Date: 2008
Local Authority: Metropolitan Borough of St Helens

Context

The school is an independent special school providing day and residential provision for approximately 80 students. The existing fire alarm system required upgrading to meet the current needs of the school and to meet the latest standards in fire protection.

The Challenge

The school occupies an extended site with six distinct buildings and clearly required a fire alarm system that consolidated the disparate nature of the site for the benefit of the safety and security of staff and pupils.

Further, as the school caters for children with special emotional and behavioural difficulties careful consideration had to be made of a fire system that was appropriate to the unique requirements of the building users.

Our Solution

Consolux had initially carried out a site survey prior to tender and our subsequent design solution specified a digital fire alarm system networked over the entire site.

The digital fire alarm system was designed in such a way that detection of fire in one section elicits a warning in another section, crucially enabling staff to migrate pupils in a controlled and safe manner out of the area of danger. The system was in addition linked to the local fire service via a BT Redcare line.

Recognising the specific requirements of the school, the system also met the latest disability standards which includes use of visual as well as audio alarm signalling and strobe rates that minimise the risk of epilepsy.

Our contract from the school was for a fixed fee and was completed throughout the Easter and summer holidays in two phases of installation in order to minimise disruption to classes. Consolux also periodically monitors and tests the installation as part of a service agreement with our client.

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