Apollo judged worthy of UK's first Community Justice Centre

Apollo fire detectors have been installed at North Liverpool’s Community Justice Centre, a unique initiative which brings justice into the heart of the community. Liverpool based company Specifire supplied, installed and commissioned the fire detection system for the project and the system was designed by Atkins Design & Engineering.

The first of its kind in England and Wales, the Community Justice Centre aims to work closely with local people to understand and tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour and crime as well as crime itself. It combines the powers of a courtroom with a range of community resources available to residents, victims and witnesses, as well as offenders. It also organises and supports activities involving local residents and, in particular, young people.

The centre is built on the site of a former school in Boundary Street, Vauxhall and has 38 rooms in two separate buildings of two and three storeys. One of the buildings is a community centre and the other houses the magistrate’s court and youth court along with a cell area.  The criminal justice agencies are also on site (including the police and probation services) as well as advice and support services such as addiction counselling, debt and housing advice.

The client specified an open protocol system featuring analogue addressable panels and the fire detection system, which is designed to L1 standards, incorporates XP95 and Discovery detectors, two control panels and multisensors in the plant room.

Apollo’s Discovery range allows for the provision of different levels of sensitivity depending on the needs of the space to be protected. This is possible because Apollo Discovery fire detectors feature five panel-selectable sensitivity bands that make them particularly adaptable to a wide range of environmental conditions. To help to protect against unwanted alarms even further, devices in the Discovery range are also equipped with inbuilt drift compensation. All fire modes are LPCB approved to EN54.

Operating on a one-out, all-out basis, the fire system interfaces with doors, security access, turnstiles and lifts.

David Hughes of Specifire comments:

“Apollo fire detectors were used at the Community Justice Centre as they are reliable and efficient. These are tried and tested products that we use whenever the opportunity arises. At Specifire, we nail our flag to Apollo as they are the market leaders - and justifiably so.”