Apollo comes to Wellington's aid

Apollo fire detection technology has been installed to protect people and premises at the newly-redeveloped Wellington Hospital in New Zealand. Representing a total investment of NZ$265 million, the new hospital required the installation of more than 1,300 fire detection devices across multiple buildings, a tailored graphics package and a 50 zone emergency warning and intercommunications system (EWIS).

Wellington Hospital is New Zealand’s main tertiary hospital and supplies specialist and acute services, including cardiac surgery, cancer care and neurosurgery.  The project to redevelop the site included the demolition of some older buildings, the refurbishment and upgrading of others and the construction of an entirely new main building. This new complex houses many essential in- and outpatient services over its six storeys, as well as incorporating underground parking at basement level.

Meeting the hospital’s highly complex set of fire protection and evacuation requirements was the responsibility of Aquaheat Industries Ltd, the main electrical contractor on the project. Kevin Williams, Aquaheat’s Fire Alarm Manager, called in fire system specialists Ampac Pacific Ltd, a company that has successfully championed Apollo technology in New Zealand for many years.

Ampac provided a comprehensive fire detection system that incorporates approximately 1,300 Apollo XP95 and Discovery devices. These are controlled by nine Ampac FireFinder control panels, which are networked together and supported with Ampac’s own graphics package. The company also developed the EWIS system that is used at this site to provide staged evacuation in the event of a fire incident.

According to Kevin Williams, the Wellington Hospital is one of Aquaheat’s biggest achievements to date due to its size and complexity, but he was confident that Ampac’s Apollo-based fire detection solution would meet the challenge.

Williams said:

“When you are under a lot of pressure to get the job done, you want good support and systems that are easy to configure. We have never had any problems with Ampac systems.”