Apollo Is First In Line At IKEA Belfast

An Apollo-based intelligent fire detection system has been specified to protect IKEA Belfast, the first store to be built by the Swedish retail chain in Ireland. The fire detection system incorporates in excess of 400 Apollo XP95 devices and was supplied, installed and commissioned by Belfast-based Ashdale Engineering.

IKEA Belfast

At 29,000 square metres, IKEA Belfast will be one of the retailer’s flagship stores and will stock the full product range, totalling 9,500 items. The client specified an open protocol fire detection system designed to L1 standards. Ashdale Engineering recommended two Advanced MX4004 panels to govern over 400 Apollo XP95 optical smoke detectors, manual call points and 35 interface devices, configured to operate a phased evacuation.

Ashdale Engineering was also responsible for supplying and installing a Signet PA/VA system, which includes a link to allow communication with disabled people during an emergency.

John Richardson, Technical Sales Engineer for Ashdale, comments: “We have used Apollo products for many years and regularly recommend them to meet our client’s specifications. The installation, design and implementation phases of the IKEA Belfast project went very smoothly, allowing us to finish ahead of schedule. This was undoubtedly aided by the expert and efficient service delivered by Apollo and is a credit to all parties concerned.”

Andy Turner, Apollo’s Sales Manager for Ireland, comments: “This is a significant project for both Apollo and Ashdale. We are delighted that IKEA has chosen our fire detection technology to protect people, products and premises at its new store in Ireland.”

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Apollo Goes Wireless At International College

Goodenough College in central London – home to more than 600 postgraduates from over 90 countries – is the first building to be equipped with Apollo’s new range of XPander wireless detectors.

Goodenough College

ERIF UK, who designed, supplied and installed the new fire detection system, recommended XPander specifically to protect the antique decoration in the College’s libraries, which might have been damaged by hard-wired devices. The new devices form part of a larger intelligent fire detection system that protects the whole site, which includes function rooms, study areas, libraries and student living quarters.

Goodenough College was founded in 1930 to provide students coming to London from countries across the (then) British Empire with a collegiate life along Oxbridge lines. It continues to offer this opportunity to students from around the world to this day. Situated within the Grade II Listed houses on the north and south sides of Mecklenburgh Square in Bloomsbury, the College required a fire system sympathetic to its heritage.

The client’s specification called for an appropriate fire protection response for the heritage areas of the site, plus a solution to nuisance alarms in the College’s accommodation blocks, caused by a number of sources, including steam in the bathrooms and smoke in the kitchens. ERIF was able to select the perfect Apollo product to match these differing requirements, as Denis Kelly, Marketing Manager at ERIF UK, explains:
“All Apollo intelligent fire detectors use the same open digital protocol, making them forwards and backwards compatible. This makes our job so much easier, as it widens our choice of fire solutions. It meant we were able to specify the new wireless XPander range for the heritage locations at the College, so we didn’t compromise the interiors, alongside more established devices like the Discovery Multisensor for combating false alarms in the accommodation blocks. This meant we were able to offer the client the most appropriate fire detection solution for their needs.”

The new XPander range of wireless fire detectors is designed for ease of installation. Devices are connected to the fire system via an interface which is wired to the loop. No special adjustment or programming is required. Once connected, the XPander devices are recognized by the control panel simply as another detector connected to the system.

The Discovery Multisensor has a number of features specifically aimed at reducing false alarms. Incorporating an optical smoke sensor and a heat sensor, it uses algorithms to process the signals to produce one output on which the decision ‘fire/no fire’ is based. Each multisensor also has five panel-selectable operating modes that allow sensor sensitivity to be matched to local environmental conditions.

The fire detection system at Goodenough College incorporates approximately 1,200 Discovery and XPander devices in all, configured around five Advanced control panels and programmed to enable phased evacuation block by block.

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Apollo Fire Detectors In Double Award Win

Apollo Fire Detectors has triumphed twice at the Business Excellence Awards, run by the newspaper local to its headquarters in Havant, The Portsmouth News. Fighting off stiff competition, Apollo made it through to the final round and, for the first time in the history of the awards, won both the Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year categories.

Business Excellence Awards

Awarded in recognition of outstanding performance and sustainable growth, the wins reflected Apollo’s consistency in achieving excellent results in the UK as well as the  more than 100 countries it exports its smoke and heat detectors to.

Danny Burns, Apollo’s Managing Director, commented: “I am delighted with the award wins – specifically that Apollo’s strengths and successes have been recognised by the wider business community. We work very hard to reinforce our position as the partner of choice for world class fire solutions and these awards are testimony to our success.”

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