A fault-tolerant network of fire alarm control panels from Advanced has been selected to protect the 3Ts Redevelopment programme at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Thirty-six four-loop MxPro 5 fire panels, 46 repeater panels and two custom-built AdSpecials panels from UK manufacturer Advanced have been installed at Brighton’s 3Ts hospital redevelopment as part of phase one of the programme.
Phase one involves the construction of a 13-storey building with two basement levels, located on the main Royal Sussex County Hospital site. Incorporating all the functions of a modern hospital, the building will include a three-storey atrium reception, outpatient departments, operating theatres, wards, a teaching facility and administration facilities.
The three-phase building works will deliver improved accommodation for more than 40 wards and departments, supporting the Trust’s role as a regional centre for teaching, trauma and tertiary care at Royal Sussex County Hospital. The new facilities will meet the highest clinical standards and offer patients a modern, spacious care environment.
Taking a lead role in the cabling, first and second fix for the fire system throughout phase one of the project are EA-RS Fire Engineering Ltd. The Essex-based firm has installed Advanced’s industry-leading MxPro 5 fire panels alongside bespoke sprinkler indication and ventilation override panels, all linked to approximately 5,000 Hochiki devices.
Chris Goddard, Project Manager at EA-RS Fire Engineering Ltd, said: ‘The 3Ts redevelopment project represents a massive healthcare investment for Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and, once completed, will offer an improved experience for thousands of hospital patients each year.
‘Configuring protection across a site of this size can often appear daunting, however the MxPro 5’s ease of installation and scalability helps to make the challenge of implementing protection effortless. As long-term users of Advanced, we’re confident that its solutions are capable of delivering high-performing protection across the hospital’s large number of zones, many with their own complex cause and effect requirements.’
Amanda Hope, UK Business Development Manager at Advanced, said: ‘We’re proud to be supplying our partners, EA-RS Fire Engineering Ltd, with the equipment required to ensure that the valued healthcare staff, patients and these state-of-the-art facilities will be protected by a cutting-edge fire system for years to come.
‘The fire system includes BMS integration and a custom graphics package to provide visual representation of the fire system to end users. The custom-built sprinkler indication and ventilation override panels are a showcase for the fantastic design and manufacturing work done by our in-house AdSpecials department. As work progresses on the redevelopment of Royal Sussex County Hospital, Advanced’s high-speed, fault tolerant networks, that are renowned for their resilience, will come into their own, with the expansion of the fire detection system across phases two and three of the project.’
Phase two of the development is a seven-storey building extending the functions of the first building, with stage three being a smaller delivery and service area to improve site management. Once complete, the two new clinical buildings of phase one and two will cover the front half of the hospital site.
MxPro 5 is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire system solution certified by FM Approvals to the EN 54 standard. It offers customers a choice of four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support. MxPro 5 panels can be used in single-loop, single-panel format, or easily configured into high-speed networks of up to 200 panels covering huge areas. Ease of installation and configuration, as well as its wide peripheral range, make MxPro 5 customisable to almost any application.
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