Apollo technology protects history of Bristol

Apollo’s fire detection technology has been chosen to protect M Shed in Bristol; an exciting and innovative new museum that tells the story of Bristol’s history. The contract to supply, commission and maintain the fire detection system was awarded to Multi Alarm GB.

Overview

Covering 6,000 square metres, M Shed has three permanent galleries; a rooftop gallery, a learning suite that is estimated to attract 20,000 school and community visitors each year, a maintenance and conservation workshop which opens onto the dockside allowing visitors to see the work going on inside, and a café and gift shop.

Installers Multi Alarm designed an Apollo-based system which the client stipulated to be networked
with existing Apollo fire detection in the museum’s storage and refurbishment area next door.

The Solution

Meeting BS5839 L1 fire protection requirements, around 350 Apollo Discovery devices controlled by a Multi Alarm four-loop IFAX panel were installed. The main point fire detection system, interfacing with aspirating smoke detection, was installed to protect the building’s large ceiling voids.

Apollo’s Discovery detectors were able to operate in five different response modes, taking into account all the activities in the museum workshop and working exhibits, such as steam trains, which may otherwise affect the reliability of the fire detection.

The Verdict

Derek Cooper, Surveyor at Multi Alarm, says:

“A system was required that would allow mode changes to be made from the panel. This will enable the fire system to be adjusted to take account of activities in the museum workshop and working exhibits, such as steam trains, which may otherwise affect the reliability of the fire detection. We recommended Apollo’s Discovery detectors as they have been fully approved to operate in five different response modes.”

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