Heriot-Watt University Campus Networked Detection & Alarm System

The £31 m Scottish Borders Campus - which brings together the Borders College of further education with Heriot-Watt University on a single campus - is being protected by Apollo fire detection technology. The co-location included a major refurbishment of existing buildings as well as the construction of additional facilities, such as training areas, a new library and learning resource centre, enhanced IT facilities and student social areas.

Safe Services won the contract to supply, install and commission a site-wide networked fire detection system for the main buildings, plus standalone systems for remote buildings with specific requirements, such as the halls of residence. In total, 11 Advanced Electronics control panels and 2427 Apollo intelligent fire detection devices were installed in a two-phase programme of works.

The networked system is based on Apollo's XP95 range of detectors and covers the main teaching blocks, the new library, the laboratories and the School ofTextiles. It is also equipped with a number of interface units that enable it to interact with other building control systems including gas shutdown, plant shutdown, access control and PA systems.

In addition, there are five stand-alone systems fitted in other buildings such as the technology building, High Mill building, the halls of residence and the Netherdale Rooms, which house the archives. For this last application, Apollo Discovery devices were used. These can be set to different sensitivity settings depending upon the local environment, reducing the likelihood of nuisance alarms.

The client specified an open protocol system designed to L1 standards. We had used Apollo intelligent fire detectors two years ago to resolve problems with false alarms at this site for Heriot-Watt Univer sity, and were happy to recommend Apollo technology again.
Graeme Millar
Senior Fire Engineer with Safe Services