Apollo Technology Chosen for £1 Billion Hospital Redevelopment

Apollo fire detection technology has been chosen to provide protection for the new Royal London Hospital, which will be Britain’s biggest new hospital and home to a range of specialist centres, including London’s leading trauma and emergency care centre and one of the UK’s major children’s hospitals. The hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities will provide world class healthcare to an area undergoing significant regeneration. Work is ongoing, with the hospital opening in December 2011, and more than 7,500 Apollo devices are already installed on site.

Apollo Fire Detection technology chosen for new Royal London Hospital

Apollo Fire Detection technology chosen for new Royal London Hospital

The Royal London is part of Barts and the London NHS Trust, which consists of St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and the London Chest Hospital. The Trust is in the middle of delivering a £1 billion new hospitals development – the largest in the world. The first phase saw the opening in March 2010 of the Bart’s Cancer Centre. Following the opening of the new Royal London Hospital later this year, the project will be completed with the opening of a specialist cardiac centre at Barts in 2016. The main contractor on the project is Skanska and the fire system contract was awarded to Static Systems Group plc.

Continuity of care
Barts and the London has one of the best patient survival records in the NHS. The Royal London Hospital provides district general hospital services for the City and Tower Hamlets and specialist tertiary care services for patients from across East London and beyond.  More than 868,000 visitors passed through its doors in 2009-10.

The Royal London was founded in 1740 and has gradually expanded to occupy a number of buildings on its site in Whitechapel. The new development replaces a number of the old buildings with a coherent structure, purpose-built to support the delivery of 21st century clinical care. The design is sympathetic to the hospital’s historic buildings, which are being retained, including the landmark facade on Whitechapel Road.

The new hospital comprises one 16-storey and one 17-storey tower, known as South and Centre, and the 10-storey North tower. The Centre Tower is equipped with a helipad for London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), which is based at the hospital. Each of the three towers is served at ground level by a main lobby giving access to the lifts and staircase.

Fire protection
Meeting the hospital’s highly complex set of fire protection and evacuation requirements was the responsibility of Static Systems Group, who were awarded the contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the system. The comprehensive fire detection system is designed around Static Systems’ Series 900 panel, which is ideal for phased installation and occupation.

37 fire alarm panels have been provided in total, with two panels protecting each floor of the hospital except at ground level, where three control panels are installed. Each panel controls approximately 20 fire alarm zones, although this varies depending on the floor and tower with the lower floors having a greater number of zones per panel. Main control of the fire alarm network is from the Fire Command Centre, which has also been supplied with a sprinkler data gathering unit which registers activation and status of sprinkler flow switches and zone isolation valves throughout the building.

Due to the complex nature of the building and the setting, a number of interfaces were included in the project design. They enable other critical equipment to be activated in the event of an alarm, including automatic fire dampers, cold smoke extract systems, lifts, generators, oil & gas valves, door closers and air handling units. In addition a modem link was created with St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which is two miles away, to alert the Royal London in the event of an emergency.

Approximately 5,000 Apollo Discovery Multisensors and 2,500 XP95 mains switching Input/Output Units have been installed to date to protect the 675-bed hospital.

Chris Smith, Systems Engineering Manager at Static Systems, said:
“When you have a project that is on such a large scale, you want a reliable system that is easy to configure. Our panels give us flexibility to network and install the system over time”.

“Apollo’s analogue addressable technology gave us the reliability and flexibility to meet the client’s requirements on this demanding project, whilst its open protocol gives us the ability to mix and match products to meet the specific needs of the site. It also future-proofs the fire system because Apollo analogue addressable devices are forwards compatible so any future system extension and maintenance will be simple to achieve.”

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Apollo Technology Protects EU President

Apollo fire detection technology has been chosen to protect Grassalkovich Castle in Gödöllő, Hungary, the central venue of the Hungarian rotation of the Presidency of the European Union. Hungary holds the EU Presidency from January to June 2011, and up to 250 events are scheduled to take place in the riding hall and stable wing of the recently renovated castle. The contract to equip the castle with world class fire detection was awarded to Elektrovill Ltd, who have represented Apollo in Hungary for 22 years.

Apollo Fire Detection Technology installed at Grassalkovich Castle

Apollo Fire Detection Technology installed at Grassalkovich Castle

The baroque castle, with its white and gold richly painted rooms, red marble bath, riding school and theatre, was built in the middle of the 18th century and is second only to Versailles in terms of its footprint. In the 19th century it was purchased by the Hungarian state and was given to the Emperor Franz Joseph as a coronation present, so it is also known as the Royal Palace of Gödöllő. During the Second World War the castle fell into a state of disrepair, until large-scale renovation works began to take place 15 years ago. During the last two years these activities have been geared towards making the venue suitable for hosting events relating to the Hungarian EU presidency.

Part of the renovation involved bringing the castle’s building services up to modern standards. Elektrovill won the contract to design, supply, install, commission and maintain the fire detection system. They recommended a system that is based around Apollo’s XP95 analogue addressable technology. Apollo’s open protocol and extensive XP95 range allows freedom of choice for the fire system specifier, installer and end user. All XP95 detectors are fitted with Apollo’s XPert card, which ensures that the detector address remains assigned to one location and will not need reprogramming if the detector head is removed for servicing, maintenance or replacement.

Around 70 XP95 smoke and heat detectors were arranged in three zones. Apollo interfacing devices, such as Input/Output units and Switch Monitor units, were used to enable the Apollo fire detection system to link with other critical equipment including aspirating detectors. The fire detection system meets OTSZ standards, Hungary’s national fire safety regulations, which are in accordance with EN54.

Ákos Kürti, Managing Director of Elektrovill Ltd, said: “Apollo technology was chosen to protect this venue because of its reliability. When you are protecting a venue as historically important as this one, that will be home to many high-powered European officials for several months, it is important that your fire detection can be trusted.”

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