A Grade II listed apartment development in Bristol is using an advanced smoke ventilation system supplied by SE Controls to protect its residents in the event of a fire.
Electricity House was originally designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s. The six-storey building has since been converted into 85 apartments, whilst retaining many of its original design features.
To ensure the safety of its residents, a smoke ventilation system designed by SE Controls has been installed in the building’s main atrium. The system is designed to vent smoke from the atrium in the event of a fire to protect the building’s escape routes.
The ventilation system comprises 37 SHEVTEC automatically controlled louvres, which are manufactured and tested in accordance with BS EN 12101:2.
The SHEVTEC louvres feature ‘fall protection’ for increased safety and use IP rated external motors, which allow easy access for future maintenance.
This system is completed with an additional 21 low level air inlet louvres and linear door actuators. These are controlled by a series of OS2 control panels which are fully compliant with the relevant sections of the BS EN 12101 standard.
Stuart Coote, SE Controls business development manager, commented: “Electricity House is a landmark building designed by an iconic British architect, so we’re delighted to have played a part in this project.
Smoke control and fire safety is not only a core part of our business, but also an area we’re very actively involved with via organisations such as the Smoke Control Association, FIRAS and British Standards, to ensure that design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance standards are constantly being maintained. Although this is important for the industry, the real benefit is for residents who rely on our systems for failsafe performance, if a fire should occur.”
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