Apollo Fire Detectors celebrates first educational installation for its SOTERIA range

With nearly 300 pupils aged 7–11, Marchwood Junior School, near Southampton, England, is housed within a uniquely-designed building which was built in the 1980s and refurbished in 2004, when a single storey extension was added.

The problem

The old fire detection system was obsolete, non-compliant and due for renewal as part of Hampshire County Council’s (HCC) Schools’ Refurbishment Programme. Southern Fire Alarms (SFA) was awarded the tender by HCC to specify and install a new system at the school.

The school building contains many open areas with high ceilings and interconnected spaces, presenting challenges which the designer of the fire detection system needed to overcome.


The solution

SOTERIA® was the ideal choice for Marchwood Junior School. The advanced technology used within the range significantly improves the detection of smoke, enhances the reliability of the detection process, and reduces the risk of false alarms. Apollo’s stringent testing procedures offer peace of mind to staff, pupils and parents, with products comprehensively tested to exceed EN54-5 and EN54-7 standards.


The installation

A total of 90 SOTERIA devices were installed at the school, with a panel from Advanced. The installation had to be completed during term-time when the building was occupied.


The final verdict

Jessica Garrard, Sales & Marketing Coordinator for SFA, said: “It was great to be able to install the new SOTERIA range, and we’re really pleased with the results. As well as the improved detection and reliability, we’re very happy from an aesthetics point of view.

The SOTERIA detectors have a more modern-looking design, and it’s nice to have a green polling LED. The installation itself went smoothly with the only challenge being that most of the works were carried out at a high level due to the unique design of the school. We’ll definitely use SOTERIA in the future and would recommend the range for other school installations.”

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