Apollo protects Hertfordshire University with innovative SOTERIA range

The University of Hertfordshire is a modern education establishment based in Hatfield which is home to over 25,000 staff and students. The University’s ‘2020 Estates Vision’ is a detailed plan which sets out an ongoing maintenance and improvement schedule for its facilities. As part of the schedule of works, the Vision outlined a replacement of the existing fire alarm system across its College Lane campus.

The Problem

Large educational premises can pose many challenges when it comes to designing a fire protection system, including multi-purpose spaces and large numbers of transient staff and pupils.

This project needed a fast turnaround and, because the buildings remained in use during the day, installers worked 12-hour night shifts to complete the project thus minimising disruption for students and staff.

The Solution

Lloret specified the Apollo SOTERIA detector range, installed in conjunction with the Intelligent Manual Call Point from Apollo. The SOTERIA range from Apollo offers the next generation in fire detection expertise with an unrivalled host of features, ideal for protecting the University, its students and staff. The advanced technology significantly improves the detection of smoke, enhances the reliability of the detection process, and reduces the risk of false alarms.

Stringent testing procedures offer peace of mind, with products comprehensively tested to exceed EN54-5 and EN54-7 standards. Talking about the choice, John Griffith, Head of Building Surveying at the University, commented: “We were looking for a technologically advanced fire detection system to protect buildings which are used for a variety of activities, including lecture theatres, offices and creative arts studios. I was confident in the new SOTERIA range as being very well suited for protecting multi-use buildings like the ones we were refitting.”

The Installation

The fire detection system upgrade saw over 680 SOTERIA devices installed across the four buildings, including 500 smoke detectors, 70 heat detectors and 107 call points, with numerous VAD sounder bases and interfaces fitted to supplement them. In total, over 1,100 Apollo devices now protect the University.

Installation of the SOTERIA range was also simpler due to a new easy-fit base and an isolator located in the head, a feature which was of particular benefit during the refurbishment process.

The Final Verdict


“The trust we put in our contractor and their supply chain has paid off,” summarised John Griffith. “The project was completed on time, and we now have a technologically-advanced fire detection system that will protect students and staff for many years to come.”


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