Londonderry Guildhall

The historic Guildhall in Londonderry is a focal point for visitors to the city. The Guildhall is also the only surviving Guildhall still in civic use in Ireland, and has been home to the Derry City Council chamber, and Mayor’s Parlour, since 1890.


The historic Guildhall in Londonderry reopened to the public following a £9.5 million restoration, which included an update to all safety systems.

The Solution

Apollo Fire Detectors’ products were chosen for the project by Ashdale Engineering Ltd, the company appointed to supply, commission and maintain the fire alarm system.

In total, more than 120 Apollo XP95 detectors were installed at the three-storey site, controlled by a purpose-designed three-loop control panel displaying 23 zones within the building. The open protocol system is fully integrated to communicate with the Guildhall’s building management systems. A beacon system is installed to alert staff members and tourists with hearing impairment in the event of an emergency.

The system also includes an investigation delay programme to allow staff to investigate potential false alarms before evacuating the building. In addition to the XP95 system, Apollo’s XPander range of devices played a key role in protecting the works areas of the building during the refurbishment.

The Verdict

Colin Simms, Service Manager at Ashdale Engineering Ltd, comments:

"Having used XP95 for a number of years, we know that our commissioning engineers have confidence in the quality and ability of the Advanced panels to cope with any client’s demands. "

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