Keep London's iconic landmarks safe this summer

The Oxo Tower has been a riverside landmark since the 1930s but entered a new lease of life in the 1990s when CSCB refurbished it into the mixed-used development it is today.

The iconic building, reopened in 1996, is now home to a unique community of design boutiques and studios. In addition to co-operative housing, the building is home to exhibition spaces, cafes and bars including the famous OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie.

The Problem

Commercial Director, Alex Cother of Drax explains:

The Oxo Tower is open all week so the ageing system it had in place was kept running as we installed the new system. The selection of products, including Apollo's open protocol devices and several Morley-IAS by Honeywell Zx control panels, has allowed us to meet the Client’s specification and to install a ConnecT graphical user interface which will not only announce alarms and produce history reports, but will also improve the administration of the maintenance.

Project Manager, Michael Kalispera adds,

As installers we want to ensure our clients can continue to operate as easily as possible whilst we are carrying out our work. Our main concern on this project was minimising disruption. Installation of hard wired equipment, by its very nature, can be a messy, noisy business and with shop units occupied by high end galleries, Hairdressers, Designers and applied artists we wanted to work quickly, quietly and cleanly so customers could shop in peace and businesses could continue to run smoothly.

The Solution

The obvious solution for us was the Apollo wireless XPander Range. As we didn't require cables in certain areas we could cut our time on site and, as a result, there were fewer interruptions to staff and customer as well as less mess and noise.

The Final Verdict

We received valuable support from Apollo during the installation and the technical team visited us at the Tower on a number of occasions. They were able to understand the needs of the project first hand and advise us on the type and quantity of equipment required, carry out signal strength testing of the radio equipment and assess its suitability to the fire alarm infrastructure.

In this unique environment we would have struggled to find a solution without the Apollo XPander range - the help and support the team provided us with throughout the project was critical to its success.

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