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Curzon Place Tyneside apartments are upgraded with wireless fire protection

Case study

Global IFSEC

A residential development close to the iconic Tyne Bridge is now protected by over 600 wireless devices from Hyfire following a complete fire system overhaul.

Built in the early 2000s as part of the Gateshead Quays development, Curzon Place is a familiar site for the thousands of motorists who cross the bridge daily, as well as the many people who take the Great North Run each year. The new fire system, installed by RayFire Services Ltd, was the first complete overhaul in the building’s history, bringing it fully in line with the latest UK fire regulations and best practice.

Ray Hope, Managing Director of RayFire Services, said, “This is the largest and smoothest installation we’ve done to date, thanks in large part to the ease of setup and installation of the Hyfire Taurus wireless devices, which simplified the entire process from survey to seamless commissioning. For an apartment complex with on-site residents, you really couldn’t ask for more.

“Working with the Hyfire team, we specified a full Communal Level 1 system, incorporating heat detection and sirens in each apartment hall and additional heat detection in sensitive areas. We were able to reduce the wiring up to 90%, with a drastically reduced installation schedule and minimal disruption to residents.”

Robert Bruce, National Sales Manager Hyfire – North, said, “This is one of our first projects with RayFire Services, and it was great to work on such an iconic building. The Taurus range, combined with an Advanced MxPro panel, offers all the capabilities of its wired equivalents, with the added simplicity and ease of installation, which is a major benefit for building occupants and the end customer. With more and more fire system upgrades taking place outside of the usual maintenance schedule, the ability to limit the impact on the structure is also highly valued. »

Developed in Trieste, Italy, the world’s center for wireless fire design, Taurus features Pathfinder technology, which would allow devices to communicate up to a kilometer away, point-to-point in the open, and further where expansion breaks are used. The antenna technology has been optimized to allow communication on different frequencies and environments, requiring less equipment and fewer batteries, according to the provider.

Colin Wrightson, Principal at Securetech Systems NE Ltd, prime contractor for the end customer of the project, commented: “We had a clear mandate to deliver this project as quickly as possible, with minimal intrusion and inconvenience, so the Hyfire wireless devices were the obvious. choice. The installation was completed ahead of schedule, the system is working as expected and the residents are very satisfied with the result. You really can’t ask for more.

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