Southend Pier's into the future with Apollo

The longest pleasure pier in the world is looking forward to a fire-free future thanks to Apollo.

Southend-on-Sea Pier is more than one mile in length and famous for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its dedicated railway that carries visitors from the shore to the Pier Head. Built in 1830, the Pier has survived boat crashes and two world wars, as well as standing up to the wind and waves for almost 180 years. It has also suffered a number of fires during its history, the most recent of which occurred in 2005 and destroyed the Pier Head.

A major restoration programme is aiming to fully restore the Pier and upgrade the associated amenities. As part of this programme, modern fire detection equipment was specified for the buildings on the foreshore. The foreshore area includes the public entrance, train station and workshops, the administration offices, a museum, tourist information centre and amusement arcades.

Prince Safety And Security Systems Supplies Ltd won the contract to supply fire detection and support services for this complex. The company recommended Apollo’s Discovery range of intelligent fire detectors, which includes a multisensor with programmable settings that enable the sensitivity settings of the device to be matched to local environments.  Prince Safety And Security also supplied the compatible control panel, manual call points and Apollo sounder beacons.

The fire detection and alarm system was installed and commissioned by Southend-On-Sea-based Blake Fire & Security Systems. Arranged over two loops, the Apollo equipment is connected to an Ampac FireFinder control panel. The fire system is also capable of interfacing with other critical plant and access control systems.