Wire-Free Protection For Scotland's Largest Inhabited Castle

Scotland's largest inhabited castle has had its fire and security coverage upgraded with the installation of an EMS FirePoint 5000 radio linked alarm network, providing coverage despite the nature of the property's historic construction.

Floors Castle near Kelso is in fact the ancestral seat of the Roxburgh family who still occupy a large part of its accommodation today, while other areas are used for a variety of activities. Following an enquiry to EMS Radio Fire & Security from the Castle's Inspector of Works regarding the suitability of radio linked technology in such a situation, and a survey by Safe Services resulted in the successful tender for the contract to install the FirePoint 5000 system.

EMS carried out the initial survey with respect to signal strength as they take responsibility for the specification of the equipment and where it should be fitted. Due to the thickness of the historic stonework in places we did have to install some aerials concealed around the parapets, and a number of transponders to boost the signal, but the installation work has gone very smoothly.
Graeme Millar,
Managing Director, Safe Services

The work within Floors Castle has in fact been carried out over three phases, initially replacing the original system which protected escape routes and other important areas; then following through with extra devices in locations such as the dining room, in phase two. Phase three, when it gets underway, will complete the coverage of the historic castle.

This project has involved an upgrading of our fire protection system, initially encompassing the replacement of existing devices, and then adding further protection, including throughout much of the basement. Phase three will then see the remaining, low risk areas protected.
Gordon Little
Inspector of Works
Wireless fire protection solutions provide a swift and disruption-free method of protecting any building type, not least historic structures. A wire-free approach lends itself to older buildings, where a historic listing may restrict invasive work on the building fabric. Equally, access for service runs in older buildings can prove complicated in itself, with thick masonry, timber and often even marble and other hard materials presenting a problem for the system designer and installer. A wire-free system removes this challenge, with a non-invasive solution that can be installed with minimal disruption too.
Ray Puttock
EMS