Royal Hallamshire Hospital


A major refurbishment of the fire detection system was needed, resulting in the installation of over 10,500 Apollo detectors.

The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was opened in 1978 and is comprised of 22 storeys, including three basement levels. The hospital houses acute general and specialist services, such as intensive care, coronary care, and a large outpatients department, and has 40 wards containing 850 beds. It is also a teaching hospital with research laboratories on site.

The Challenge

This major refurbishment programme presented many challenges, including the design of the building itself, the complexities associated with undertaking installation in a ‘live’ hospital environment and working in a building where no provision for firewalls was made during original construction.  The project needed to be completed quickly, with reliable detection that would be future proof.

  • Backwards and forwards compatible devices.
  • Reliable technology.
  • Quick and easy install.

The Solution

As part of the project, over 10,500 Apollo XP95 detectors were installed. The installation was undertaken by Albion Detection Systems Limited, working in close cooperation with the Hospital Estates Department and Fire Officer.

To satisfy all the complexities presented by the Royal Hallamshire Hospital upgrade, Albion Fire Detection Limited specified a fire system based on Apollo detection technology, with backwards and forwards compatible detectors, enabling the project to be carried out over an extended period of time  and allowing the hospital to remain fully functional at all times. 

We specified Apollo because their range is varied and because their detectors are backwards and forwards compatible, enabling the project to be carried out over a period of time.

Ian Slatter Managing Director, Albion Fire Detection Ltd


Products used in this Case Study

The XP95 Optical Smoke Detector uses the light scatter principle to quickly and effectively detect a range of slow burning and smouldering fires.

The Discovery Optical Smoke Detector are high-specification devices using the light scatter principle to quickly detect fire while effectively managing false alarms.

The Discovery Manual Call Point is commonly used to manually control extinguishant release.