Darrick Wood School, Orpington

Darrick Wood School in Orpington, Kent was built in 1975 and has been extended over the years.The installation of a new fire detection system to protect these buildings and an upgrade to other parts of the existing system was awarded to Triple Star Fire & Security Ltd.


The latest additions are a new dining hall, a Movement and Performing Arts building with specialist Drama and Music rooms and new PE changing rooms.

The existing and new fire systems had to be fully integrated to ensure compatibility across the school. To avoid any disruption to pupils and staff during term time, all installation and upgrade work on the systems had to take place during the school holidays.

The Solution

To offer the required features of superior reliability of detection and false alarm reduction Apollo Soteria detectors were chosen for the project.

Approximately 100 Soteria devices including manual call points and interfaces were installed, along with bells and visual indicators designed for the school environment were linked to two Advanced MX5 control panels. The system is programmed to operate a ‘one out, all out’ procedure in the event of a fire being detected.

The Verdict

Graham Field, Premises Manager at Darrick Wood School, commented:

"The installation of the new fire protection system went smoothly during the holidays, so that we could proudly open the new buildings and provide the pupils with enhanced facilities. It was reassuring to have the latest Soteria technology installed. We’re very happy with the modern aesthetics of the devices and are confident that the school’s fire protection is future-proofed for the years ahead."

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