Wellington Hospital


The hospital required the installation of more than 1,300 fire detectors across multiple buildings, a tailored graphics package and a 50-zone emergency warning system.

Wellington Hospital is New Zealand’s main tertiary hospital and supplies specialist and acute services, including cardiac surgery, cancer care and neurosurgery. This new complex houses many essential in- and outpatient services over its six storeys, as well as incorporating underground parking at basement level.

The Challenge

Ampac Pacific Ltd. were called in to design and install a system that would protect New Zealand’s main tertiary hospital.

  • Large and complex site.
  • Needed easy to configure systems.
  • Required tailored graphics package to help support the users of the system.

The Solution

Aquaheat Industries Ltd., the main electrical contractor on the project called in fire system specialists Ampac Pacific Ltd., a company that has successfully championed Apollo technology in New Zealand for many years. This extensive knowledge of Apollo devices made the design and installation of the system much easier.

Ampac provided a comprehensive fire detection system that incorporated Apollo XP95 and Discovery devices. These were controlled by nine Ampac FireFinder control panels, which were networked together and supported with Ampac’s own graphics package. The company also developed the EWIS system that was used at this site to provide staged evacuation in the event of a fire incident.

The Wellington Hospital is one of Aquaheat’s biggest achievements to date due to its size and complexity, we were confident that Ampac’s Apollo-based fire detection solution would meet the challenge. When you are under a lot of pressure to get the job done, you want good support and systems that are easy to configure. We have never had any problems with Ampac systems.

Kevin Williams Aquaheat Industries Ltd.


Products used in this Case Study

The XP95 Multi-Sensor Detector combines independent optical smoke and temperature sensors for better fire detection in areas with deceptive phenomena.

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