Apollo granted custody of Maidstone Combined Court

Fire detection technology from Apollo Fire Detectors has been installed to protect people using Maidstone Combined Court in Kent. The contract to supply the building with an L2 fire system was awarded to R&M Clarkson.

Maidstone Combined Court was constructed in 1983 and houses both the Crown and County courts. Six storeys in height, the building is most famous for the recent trial surrounding the £53 million Securitas depot raid in 2006, for which six people are currently serving sentences.

R&M Clarkson was given a very short project time of just 10 weeks. They selected Apollo Fire Detectors as a manufacturer that would deliver on time and supply reliable technology to meet the client’s requirements.

Neil Shrubsole, the company’s Operations Director, explains:

“Working to such a short time-frame, we needed to be certain that the equipment would arrive on site exactly when it was needed.

“Due to the nature of the client’s activities, we also needed assurance that the fire system was based on proven technology and that it would be reliable from day one. Apollo fulfilled every aspect of this brief and we had no hesitation in recommending their technology.”

Maidstone Combined Court’s new fire system uses in excess of 1,500 devices, including 900 Apollo Discovery fire detectors and multisensors. In addition, the building is equipped with more than 500 Discovery audio-visual warning devices. The system is controlled using six networked Kentec control panels complete with graphical mimics.