Detection is a ‘fine art’

Published:  07 October, 2015

CASE STUDY: Over 5km of fire resistant cable has been installed in Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland as part of a significant upgrade to fire protection systems in two of the Lauriston Campus buildings.

The University of Edinburgh’s plans for an overhaul of fire protection at the College of Art to ensure fire detection and fire alarm systems are providing adequate protection included a review of existing measures, leading to the decision to replace all the alarms throughout the 1970’s Hunter Building and 1960’s Architecture Building. The project involved the installation of a fire alarm and voice evacuation system with enhanced fire resistant cable.   

Consulting Engineer Kevin Keenan from The Keenan Consultancy explained why he specified the FP Plus cable from Prysmian. ‘We have been specifying the FP products for many years. In this instance we used the top-of-the-range FP PLUS because it is the highest performing cable on the market and the University of Edinburgh wanted that assured level of performance.’

The combination of Prysmian’s unique enhanced Insudite insulation material with a low smoke and zero halogen outer sheath provide safe, robust performance with flexibility. It is most commonly used for fire alarm and emergency lighting circuits as defined by BS5839 series and BS5266-1 and approved by third parties BASEC and LPCB for this use.

‘We particularly needed the cable to be flexible in order to accommodate the irregular shape of the building,’ Keenan continued.   

The Hunter and Architecture Buildings are the first phase of an ongoing upgrading project across the Lauriston Campus. This phase of the project is due to complete in September 2015.

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