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Community cinema in Dulwich protected by Fire-Cryer Voice Sounders from Vimpex

The former St Thomas More Community Centre in East Dulwich, London is now home to a new three-screen cinema with a café-bar and a courtyard garden.

Refurbished in 2015, the East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café offers diverse programmes catering for all sections of the local community and is equipped with the latest digital and satellite technology, enabling live broadcasts of the best performing arts productions from around the world.

As part of the refurbishment project a new fire alarm system was installed, together with Vimpex’s EN 54-3 approved Multi-Message Fire-Cryer Plus Voice Sounders to ensure timely building evacuation in the event of fire.

The fire alarm system was designed and commissioned by Southern Fire Alarms in partnership with consultant LTS International and installed by DW Electrical.

Artist's impression of the East Dulwich Picturehouse Cinema

Artist’s impression of the East Dulwich Picturehouse Cinema

“There’s a high level of noise pollution in today’s modern building environment,” explained David Fell, sales director of Southern Fire Alarms. “Fire alarm bells, sirens, sounders, security alarms, public address systems and mobile ringtones are just some of the cacophony of noises that bombard building users on a daily basis. The confusion of tones means people can become complacent and ignore safety-critical alarms.”

Fell continued: “From experience, we know that the addition of unambiguous voice messages that are heard and understood vastly reduces this confusion. Fire-Cryer Voice Sounders deliver this as a very cost-effective solution when compared with standalone voice evacuation systems.”

A total of 35 Mini Fire-Cryer slimline base sounders have been installed under ceiling-mounted fire detectors in all parts of the building. The Mini Fire-Cryer provides an attractive and unobtrusive solution and is installed on a conventional two-wire sounder circuit.

A two-stage alarm strategy is deployed. Stage One alerts staff using flashing beacons and then, after a three-minute investigation delay, Stage Two initiates a full building evacuation aided by the Fire-Cryers with the fully-synchronised message: “Ladies and Gentlemen… In the interest of safety this building must be evacuated. Please leave immediately by the nearest exit. Staff will assist you.”

Other models in the Fire-Cryer range include wall mounted units with optional integral synchronised LED strobe as well as output versions for use in wide open spaces and outdoors.

Each voice sounder may be programmed with up to seven messages from a library of thousands, many of which are multi-lingual, ensuring that any site requirement can be fulfilled.

The Fire-Cryer’s multi-message capability also ensures that system test and ‘all clear’ messages can be easily transmitted, in turn avoiding confusion with the fire/evacuation alarm.

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Kentec in great shape with The Gym Group in wake of fire alarm control panel installation project

A major expansion by one of the UK’s leading gym operators has seen new fire safety systems using Kentec fire alarm control panels installed within fitness centre premises across the country in order to protect both users and staff.

The Gym Group boasts in excess of 500,000 members just six years after the business first opened its doors. Members pay monthly fees with no contract commitments. The Gym Group plans to have opened 80, 24-hour gyms across the UK by the end of this year.

The fire safety systems at 21 of The Gym Group’s latest locations have been engineered and installed by independent system specialist Southern Fire Alarms using Kentec Syncro AS fire control panels and the Hochiki open communications protocol.

Kentec's fire safety solutions are being used at The Gym Group's premises

Kentec’s fire safety solutions are being used at The Gym Group’s premises

Customer requirements for 24-hour member access means that gyms are not always staffed so consideration had to be given to the positioning and accessibility of the fire control panels.

Kentec’s tamper-resistant windows were chosen to protect the fire alarm panels from unauthorised access to their controls while allowing access to the LED display and Zonal indicators.

To allow for the needs of all gym members, staff and visitors, some of whom may be hard of hearing or users of MP3 personal music devices, fire alarm indicators were designed into each system to provide visual naming of alarm activation.

Kentec’s flagship ‘open protocol’ Syncro Series is recognised as one of the most powerful systems of its type on the market today, guaranteeing the very highest standards of performance, safety and reliability that such busy venues demand.

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