London Construction Awards 2019

12 Sep 2019 / 10:32

Apollo Fire Detectors’ work on The Shard has been shortlisted in the London Construction Awards 2019.

The London Construction Awards recognise the innovation, achievement and success within the London construction market and feature a wide range of categories including Fire Safety Solution of the Year, in which we are a finalist. This award category recognises excellence and innovation in solutions for fire safety.

Other categories include Product Innovation of the Year, Supplier of the Year, Sustainable Construction Award, Women in Construction Award and Architectural Practice of the Year.

Designed with Apollo XP95 optical and heat detectors and Discovery® multisensor detectors, the installation of the fire protection at The Shard began in February 2012 and continued into 2018 as the tenant fit-out programme progressed.

IC Service & Maintenance Ltd was appointed by construction contractor Mace MEP to design, specify and complete the installation of the complex fire detection system. IC decided that a system based on Apollo technology and products would have the flexibility and reliability to meet the challenges of protecting this iconic building.

IC Service & Maintenance Managing Director, Martin Taylor said: “By its very nature, The Shard was always going to be one of our most challenging projects. The building’s unusual shape and its steel and glass construction on such a huge scale could have caused extensive issues but with our experience of large contracts such as the Millennium Dome, Westfield White City and other projects on ‘More London’ in the South Bank development area, we were confident that we had the right product for a smooth, trouble-free installation.”

The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and is an iconic sight on London’s modern skyline. The skyscraper holds many construction records and is renowned for the innovative way in which it was built. The structure was developed within a confined site area, sandwiched between London Bridge Station and Guy’s Hospital. Unlike the building it replaced, The Shard occupies virtually every square metre of the site, adding to the complexity of the build.

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The innovative architecture of The Shard was not the only challenge faced by the fire detection project team – the building’s different uses meant that it required variations to the fire protection systems throughout the different floors. A prestigious hotel with 200 rooms, restaurants based around a triple height atrium on the 31st floor, luxury apartments, multiple offices and a public viewing gallery all have specific constraints and conditions to work within.

The fire detection system needed to meet all of the challenges of the ultra-modern, multi-use tower with low-profile detectors to blend as unobtrusively as possible with the stunning architecture and surroundings.

Advanced MX Pro4 and MX Pro5 control panels were selected to accompany the Apollo detectors, providing a quality solution with a proven track record of consistency. Another key element of the project’s success was the highly experienced IC team that professionally managed the installation from design to completion, along with the expert management of Mace MEP.

The London Construction Awards Ceremony takes place at the Novotel West London, on 27th November, hosted by impersonator Alistair McGowan and attended by more than 600 members of London’s construction industry.

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