Havant firm install life saving equipment at iconic building

SAFE The Guildhall in Derry, County Londonderry
SAFE The Guildhall in Derry, County Londonderry
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A HAVANT firm is keeping visitors safe at an important city landmark in Ireland.

When the Guildhall building in Derry, County Londonderry, was refurbished, its fire safety system was also upgraded.

Apollo Fire Detectors’ products were chosen to be installed in the building during its £9.5m restoration, which was completed this summer.

The building is now a central tourism hub and focal point for visitors to the city. In addition to its tourist status, the Guildhall is also the only surviving guildhall still in civic use in Ireland, and has been home to the city council chamber and Mayor’s Parlour since 1890.

Apollo Fire Detectors’ products were chosen for the project by Ashdale Engineering Ltd, the company appointed to supply, commission and maintain the fire alarm system on behalf of the client.

A special control panel had to be designed for the building, showing 23 different zones in which a fire could potentially break out.

Beacons, which flash when a fire is detected, were installed so those with hearing impairments would also be alerted in an emergency.

A spokesman for the firm said: ‘In addition to the XP95 system, Apollo’s XPander range of devices played a key role in protecting the works areas of the building during the refurbishment.

‘Impressed by its performance, the building contractor has retained the system for use on other construction sites as temporary fire alarm solution during builds.’

Colin Simms, service manager at Ashdale Engineering Ltd, added: ‘We were delighted to be awarded the contract to supply and commission the fire detection system for the historic Guildhall.

‘As a long-term partner of Apollo Fire Detectors, we chose to recommend Apollo’s XP95 range to the project’s installation contractor.

‘Having used XP95 for a number of years, we know that our commissioning engineers have confidence in the quality and ability of the Advanced panels to cope with any client’s demands.’