Lucia Foster Welch Students Accommodation

EMS Wireless Technology

Built in 1995, the Lucia Foster Welch student residences site comprises 7 blocks providing accommodation for 805 students of Southampton Solent University.

Residences are located in a small commercial area of Southampton close to Ocean Village Marina and Eastern Docks.

The 7 blocks equate to 84 flats, in clusters of 6, 8 or 10 single rooms per flat

Each flat has a communal kitchen/diner, shower rooms and bathrooms

When it was decided that the fire alarms needed to be upgraded to meet current standards the ideal time to complete the works was to be during the summer recess when a majority of students would be away from site. This however meant that only a 2 month installation programme was available to install what would be 11 separate fire alarm systems, covering 40 loops and upwards of 3000 devices!

A wireless system was considered to be the most appropriate way forwards and Leader tendered and secured the project to act as the main contractor, based upon project experience of delivering other similar projects as well as competitive pricing.

We based our proposals on the EMS Firecell System as we considered this to provide the most competitive and technically suitable solution due to its entirely wire-free architecture including networking between panels.

EMS FireCell isEN54-25, 3rd party certifiedmeeting all current standards and making it suitable for any application.

It is a comprehensive analogue addressable fire detection solution with a set of features that make it one of the most advanced fire detection systems available all without the need for cable.

At the front end of the system EMS uses high quality industry standard control panels making the system easy to programme for complex cause and effect whilst at the same time remaining simple for the end user to operate.

Out in the field all wireless devices communicate with local radio hubs or RCC’s.

RCC’s in turn communicate with one another in order to find the most effective radio path back to the control panel.

Information is then communicated between panels using wireless network communicators such that information from all the panels is available at a central control position.

Field devices sit on common bases where the batteries and communications modules are housed. Using common bases enables industry standard detectors to be used.

In all from design development to final commissioning and handover the entire £400k project took just 12 weeks including an 8 week installation period.

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