West Sussex County Hall, Chichester

West Sussex County Council headquarters consists of a main five storey building and seven satellite buildings. One of these, Eades House, is a Grade I listed building built in 1696. Other buildings host the council chambers, administation buildings, the County Council Emergency Management centre and a main server room.


Each of these locations have very different requirements and Southern Fire Alarms Ltd recommended an Apollo based detection system that met the L2 standards as required by West Sussex County Council.

The Solution

The fire detection system had a number of specific requirements, these were met using a combination of XP95, XPander and Discovery detectors all controlled by Advanced Electronics MX4000 panels.

Discovery carbon monoxide detectors were use to supplement smoke detection in attic areas; XP95 intrinsically safe detectors provide protection in areas where volatile materials are stored and XPander devices are used in the Grade I listed building as well as in sensitive areas where hard-wired devices would cause unacceptable damage to the decorative designs on walls and ceilings.

The Verdict

David Fell, System Sales Consultant at Southern Fire Alarms Ltd, explains:

"For this installation we had a number of situations where specialist devices were required and Apollo was able to meet our demands. West Sussex County Council required an open protocol system. Apollo technology was chosen as it offers a great deal of flexibility when considering maintenance and, if required, spare parts are easily available. "

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