ONE of the world’s best-known racecourses is being protected from fire by a Havant company.
Apollo Fire Detectors was chosen to provide protection for Cheltenham Racecourse, which has undergone an extensive refurbishment.
It is the latest high-profile site to be protected by the firm, which also has its products installed at the Statue of Liberty, Westminster Abbey, and a host of other prestigious buildings and palaces across the globe.
Bruce Ball, regional sales manager at Apollo Fire Detectors, said: ‘Our products are installed in thousands of buildings and facilities in the UK alone, helping to save lives and protect property.
‘To have our products chosen for an internationally renowned sporting venue such as Cheltenham Race Course demonstrates the exceptionally high quality of manufacturing expertise we deliver here at our manufacturing facility in Havant.’
Throughout the year the racecourse welcomes more than 700,000 visitors, with most crowds being drawn to the week-long Cheltenham Festival, culminating in the Gold Cup.
Since 2003, more than £20m has been invested in a new enclosure and additional race day facilities with The Centaur – a new conference and events centre – at the heart of this redevelopment.
The fire detection equipment was installed by Integral UK.
Tony Marsh, national operations manager (Integral Fire) at Integral UK, said: ‘With the grandstand suffering from ongoing faults with its legacy detection equipment and Festival Week less than three months away, we were asked to refit the main grandstand, function rooms and boxes.’
The fire alarms do not immediately sound if a fire breaks out. Instead the system goes into an alert mode to allow racecourse staff to assess whether a full-scale evacuation is needed .
The idea is to minimise any disruption to race day crowds should a false alarm happen or a small, easily-tackled fire break out.
The course’s next redevelopment includes the Weighing Room and Media Centre.