Polar bear and mummy are kept safe by firm

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A HAVANT firm is ensuring a £17.5m refurbishment of Ulster Museum is kept in mint condition.

Apollo Fire Detectors’ equipment has been installed in the museum, which is home to a number of collections that represent Northern Ireland’s history, varying from fossils and archaeology to world cultures and art.

Two its prize pieces are Takabuti, a seventh century BC Egyptian mummy, and Peter the polar bear.

As part of the refurbishment, a new extension was added which includes a 23-metre high atrium area which houses the giant Window on our World display tower.

A spokesman for Apollo said: ‘There were a number of factors that had to be taken into account when designing the fire detection system.

‘Given the diverse nature of the facilities, the client required a fire system that was reliable in a range of different environments.

‘In addition there was a need to be able to protect a large number of visitors of all ages, many of whom would not know the building layout or fire evacuation drill.’