Painless fire detection solution for London dental hospital


Apollo Fire Detectors\' technology installed at Eastman Dental Hospital

A world-renowned specialist dental hospital in London, UK, is the most-recent NHS facility to be protected by the very latest in fire detection solutions from Apollo Fire Detectors, installed by Fisk Fire Group.

The Eastman Dental Hospital has been established for more than 60 years and treats around 85,000 outpatients every year. As well as providing dental care to the public, the hospital also houses research, postgraduate teaching and dentistry training facilities within a large and complex total building footprint of 18,398sq m.

When the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust commissioned the upgrade of the fire detection system at the Eastman Dental Hospital, Apollo was selected as the technology provider by Fisk Fire Group, the company appointed to supply and install the system to protect the site’s staff, patients and property.

The Apollo fire detection system, which operates a 'one-out, all-out' evacuation sequence, consists of approximately 1,200 XP95 detectors, which were specified to meet the main fire detection requirements throughout the five storeys of the Eastman Dental Hospital building.The intelligent system was designed around six five-loop networked Morley panels, as well as a repeater panel.

As a result of the complex NHS environment, the Fisk Fire Group and Eastman Dental Hospital project team had to take an unusual approach to installation, as director, Tel Fisk, explained: “Due to the Eastman Dental Hospital being not only a busy NHS hospital, but also a diverse training and research facility, no day works were allowed on site. To overcome this challenge, our installation schedule was carried out between the hours of 7pm to 5am and was completed to a tight timetable. Our considerable experience in using Apollo’s products really contributed to us being able to meet our deadline, despite the time-sensitivity of the project.”

The Eastman Dental Hospital’s fire detection system also incorporates 156 of Apollo's new XP95 manual call points. Designed to comply with European standard EN54-11:2001 ,the manual call points are supplied with isolators, meaning that additional isolation devices are not required, saving both time and money.

In addition to being compliant, the Apollo manual call points include a number of features designed to make installation and testing quick, easy and cost effective. These include the manual call points being loop-powered, thus saving wiring costs, having bi-coloured LEDs to indicate fault and normal conditions and incorporating a resettable element for fast testing and resetting of the device.

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Matt Ketley, UK sales manager for the South East Region at Apollo Fire Detectors, added: “The Eastman Dental Hospital installation is another example of our strong working relationship with Fisk Fire Group. At Apollo we’re proud of our reputation for delivering reliable fire detection solutions to a wide variety of different buildings and sectors, and this was a great project to showcase our exciting new range of manual call points.”