New £31 Million Scottish Borders Campus Opts for Apollo Networked Fire System

A new educational centre in the Scottish Borders, which combines further and higher education facilities on a single campus, is being protected using Apollo intelligent fire detection technology. The co-location project is the first of its kind in rural Scotland and offers a unique learning and teaching environment to thousands of students.

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The £31.4 million Scottish Borders Campus brings together the Borders College of further education and the internationally renowned Heriot-Watt University at a site in Netherdale, Galashiels. This enables the College and the University to benefit from a range of shared facilities while still retaining their own distinct identities. The co-location includes major refurbishment of existing buildings as well as the construction of additional facilities, such as training areas, a new library and learning resource centre, enhanced IT facilities and student social areas.

The two and a half year development programme required a lot of forward planning and was carried out over a number of phases. SAFE Systems, based in Galashiels, won the contract to supply, install and commission a site-wide networked fire detection system for the main buildings, plus stand-alone systems for remote buildings with specific requirements, like the halls of residence.

“The client specified an open protocol system designed to L1 standards,” says Graeme Millar, Senior Fire Engineer with SAFE Systems. “We had used Apollo intelligent fire detectors two years ago to resolve problems with false alarms at this site for Heriot-Watt University and were happy to recommend Apollo technology again.”

In total, SAFE Systems installed 11 Advanced Electronics control panels and 2,427 Apollo intelligent fire detection devices in a two-phase programme of works.

The networked system is based on Apollo’s XP95 range of fire detectors and covers the main teaching blocks, the new library, the laboratories and the world-famous School of Textiles. It is also equipped with a number of interface units that enable it to interact with other building control systems including gas shutdown, plant shutdown, access control and PA systems.

In addition, there are five stand-alone systems fitted in remote buildings such as the Technology building, High Mill building and the halls of residence, as well as the Netherdale Rooms which house the archives. For this last application, SAFE Systems recommended the use of Apollo Discovery devices. These can be set to different sensitivity settings depending upon the local environment, reducing the likelihood of nuisance alarms while ensuring very accurate detection of fire. As all Apollo intelligent devices use the same open digital protocol, there were no compatibility issues between the main XP95-based system and the Discovery-based system.

Graeme Millar concludes: “The decision to use Apollo at this site certainly paid off. The open protocol gave us the degree of flexibility we needed to meet multiple requirements across the campus buildings, while the choice of compatible interfaces and ancillary devices helped us to link the new fire detection system to other critical equipment quite easily. In essence, Apollo fire detection technology has enabled us to meet the client’s requirements and complete the project on time.”

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Apollo Fire Detectors Creates New Board Level Marketing Role

As part of its ongoing strategic development, Apollo Fire Detectors Limited has created a new marketing role at Board level. Richard Bramham has been appointed as Marketing Director for the company with effect from 15 June 2009. His appointment follows the internal promotion of incumbent Sales Manager Gary Craig to Sales Director earlier this year.

Richard Bramham

Richard brings more than 20 years senior management experience to the position, including 16 years with Farnell Electronic Components Limited for whom he launched operations throughout Southeast Asia and China, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. Immediately prior to joining Apollo, Richard was Group Marketing Director at Deutsch – the world leader in interconnection solutions for OEM applications – where his responsibilities included e-commerce development, branding and global account management.

Richard is now keen to bring his skills to bear at Apollo. He says: “Apollo is a company with clear business goals and real ambition, but also with a very strong sense of customer loyalty. It is currently making the exciting transition from being a UK-based manufacturer with worldwide sales to a truly international player with global presence.

“This transition requires a careful balance between committing the resources to establish a direct presence in strategic territories such as the Middle East, China and the US while continuing to uphold the levels of customer support that have made Apollo so successful to date. Marketing will play a key role in ensuring that the Apollo brand continues to represent innovation and reliability as the company grows, and I am looking forward to spearheading the strategy to take this forward.”

A comprehensive review of the company’s marketing and communications, embracing elements such as customer relationship management systems, online presence and e-marketing, is currently under way.

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Southend Pier’s Into The Future With Apollo Fire Detectors

The longest pleasure pier in the world is looking forward to a fire-free future thanks to Apollo.

Southend Pier Lift Tower

Southend-on-Sea Pier is more than one mile in length and famous for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its dedicated railway that carries visitors from the shore to the Pier Head. Built in 1830, the Pier has survived boat crashes and two world wars, as well as standing up to the wind and waves for almost 180 years. It has also suffered a number of fires during its history, the most recent of which occurred in 2005 and destroyed the Pier Head.

A major restoration programme is aiming to fully restore the Pier and upgrade the associated amenities. As part of this programme, modern fire detection equipment was specified for the buildings on the foreshore. The foreshore area includes the public entrance, train station and workshops, the administration offices, a museum, tourist information centre and amusement arcades.

Prince Safety And Security Systems Supplies Ltd won the contract to supply fire detection and support services for this complex. The company recommended Apollo’s Discovery range of intelligent fire detectors, which includes a multisensor with programmable settings that enable the sensitivity settings of the device to be matched to local environments.  Prince Safety And Security also supplied the compatible control panel, manual call points and Apollo sounder beacons.

The fire detection and alarm system was installed and commissioned by Southend-On-Sea based Blake Fire & Security Systems. Arranged over two loops, the Apollo equipment is connected to an Ampac FireFinder control panel. The fire system is also capable of interfacing with other critical plant and access control systems.

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