Royal London Hospital


The Royal London Hospital constructed three interconnecting tower blocks with required detection to protect over 7,000 patients and front-line workers.

The Royal London Hospital provides district general hospital services for the City and Tower Hamlets, and specialist tertiary care services for patients from across London and further afield.

The Challenge

Static Systems Group were charged with designing, supplying, and installing the fire detection system. All while adhering to the strict conditions set by the client and project managers.

  • Complicated system including over 10,000 Discovery devices, 180 loops and 500 zones.
  • The system needed to integrate with tertiary systems: controlled doors, sprinklers, lifts, Motor Control Centres, anti-tamper valves, etc.
  • Stringent client requirements.

The Solution

Static Systems Group recommended Apollo as the best solutions provider for the project.

In total, more than 10,000 Discovery devices were installed throughout The Royal London Hospital expansion, these premises consist of two 17 storey buildings and one 10 storey building, including a helipad. 

Among the selected devices were approximately 5,000 multisensor devices, 150 heat detectors and 1,500 manual call points. The fire system consisted of 37 main fire alarm panels with over 180 loops, 17 repeater panels and two Master Inter-ringing Units (MIUs).

The system, which monitors more than 500 zones, also includes approximately 3,500 interface units. These units interface with the tertiary systems.

It was essential for us to choose partners that would provide us world-class, future-proofed fire detection solutions. Static Systems and Apollo did just that. Both companies consistently demonstrated their commitment to ensuring that the system we put in place met both our own and our client’s stringent requirements.

Malcolm Snarey Senior Project Manager, Skanska


Products used in this Case Study

The Discovery Multi-Sensor Detector consists of optical smoke and thermistor temperature sensors which give a combined signal for improved false alarm management.

A seven-segment DIL switch enables addressing of each call point at commissioning stage. When operated, the manual call point interrupts the polling cycle for a fast response. Bi-coloured LEDs indicate isolate and normal conditions.