Leadenhall Market, London

Leadenhall Market, in The City of London, was established in the early 14th century. Having been partially destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, the current wrought iron and glass structure was built in 1881.


Today, the Market offers a perfect balance between conservation and contemporary commercial needs. Although quality meat and fish traders continue to thrive, the market also offers fashionable shops and modern cafés.

The City of London Corporation, which owns the site, awarded the project to update the fire protection system to FFE Fire & Security Ltd. The system needed to take into account the site’s Victorian architecture and its function as a busy modern shopping arcade. An intelligent fire detection system based on Apollo’s Discovery range and Kentec control technology was specified to protect the Market, which actually comprises a collection of separate buildings with a common glazed-roof causeway between.

The Solution

FFE supplied and installed a fire detection system designed around a Kentec Syncro four-loop central control panel, complete with a 90 LED mimic panel to aid the Fire Brigade with alarm location. The system was designed so that each building can be evacuated individually or in sections, which ensures minimum disruption to other buildings not affected by a fire alert.

The challenging glazed walkway, with its reflective glass and ornate lighting, was not suitable for beam detectors so it was agreed that Apollo flame detectors were the best solution in these areas.

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