Local firm makes sure castle won’t go up in smoke

GRAND Grassalkovich Castle in Hungary
GRAND Grassalkovich Castle in Hungary
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AN international fire detection company based in Havant has been chosen to protect the Presidency of the European Union in Hungary.

Apollo Fire Detectors’ technology will be used at Grassalkovich Castle in Gdll, the current central venue of the Hungarian rotation of the Presidency of the European Union.

Up to 250 events are scheduled to be put on at the riding hall and stable wing of the recently-renovated castle.

The contract to equip the castle with fire detection was awarded to Elektrovill, which has represented Apollo in Hungary for 22 years.

The baroque castle has white and gold richly painted rooms, a red marble bath, a riding school and a theatre, and was built in the middle of the 18th century. It is second only to Versailles in terms of size.

During the Second World War the castle fell into disrepair, until large-scale renovation works began to take place 15 years ago.

In the last two years the renovation work has been geared towards making the venue suitable for hosting events relating to the Hungarian EU presidency.

Ákos Kürti, managing director of Elektrovill, 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.’

Apollo devices can be found in the Statue of Liberty, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Kremlin. The company is a past winner of The News’ Business Excellence awards as Exporter of the Year.