Westminster Adult Education Service

Client: Westminster Adult Education

Value: £150,000+

As a specialist contractor to Silverline Mechanical, BBC Fire & Security was selected in competition to design, supply and install the Fire Alarm and Emergency Voice Communication Systems for Westminster Adult Education Service after their relocation to a newly refurbished building at Lisson Grove.

Working to an extremely short programme, the delivery of the works to programme was paramount.

Due to the short construction programme and the desire for a limited impact on the existing building structure, the tender brief was to utilise Fire Alarm System components employing radio communication technology.

However, after extensive testing it was proven that satisfactory propagation of the radio signals could not be guaranteed at an effective cost and BBC Fire & Security developed the design and incorporated a hard wired system throughout all parts of the building using the Cerberus Pro System from Siemens.

Over 600 devices networked to 2 controls were installed including aspirating smoke sensors in areas where continued safe access at high level was required for maintenance purposes and formed part of our CDM design responsibilities in ‘designing out’ risk.

David Moore, Contracts Manager at BBC Fire & Security says;

“It would have been all too easy to give the Customer what he thought he needed, but a solution using radio for this site was clearly wrong”.

He goes on to say that “We would have had ongoing issues with fault conditions from loss of signals, impacting on our false alarm targets, as outlined in BS5839-1. Overall we have done the right thing in giving the Client an extremely reliable system, an excellent installation, on time, and on budget. It even has the greenest credentials of any system on the market!”