Marchwood School, Southampton

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


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

In total, 90 SOTERIA devices were installed, along with an Advanced panel. The installation had to be completed during term time when the building was occupied.

The Verdict

Jessica Garrard, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator for SFA, concluded:

"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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