|A total of 11 FAAST LT units have been deployed to provide aspirating smoke detection in the voids of the five lift shafts|
Hilton at The Ageas Bowl, a new 171-room hotel at the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club, is now fully protected by Notifier by Honeywell fire technology, designed and installed by Notifier Gold Partner Crane Communications.
The hotel is one of the centerpieces of the new development at the Eastleigh cricket ground which has hosted test matches and one-day cricket internationals. The new hotel boasts a luxury spa, BEEFY’S fine dining restaurant, the Lakeview sports bar, extensive meeting and event space along with a gym and 18-hole golf course.
Fire protection for guests and staff
Fire protection for guests and staff is now being provided by two Notifier ID3000 panels, networked to 633 SMART2 combined smoke and heat detectors in the bedrooms and corridors. A total of 11 FAAST LT units have been deployed to provide aspirating smoke detection in the voids of the five lift shafts. Heat detection has been used in the extensive kitchens and 129 optical detectors provide coverage in the risers.
When major cricket matches are in progress, monitoring of the fire system is transferred to the Ageas Bowl control centre. At all other times, the network is monitored from the hotel’s own security room in the reception area.
Intallation of the Notifier system was undertaken by Crane Communications of Belfast. “Notifier was chosen for this major venue because it is the most complete and reliable solution, with cutting-edge technology at its core,” said Ken Burns. “It is easy to install and capable of withstanding the rigours of use in a busy venue like the Ageas Hilton.”
One of the distinctive features of the hotel, supported by Honeywell voice alarm and public address technology, is that cricket commentary can be relayed to any of the 14 zones, which include more than 670 speakers.
The comprehensive coverage provided by Crane Communications also includes extensive measures to meet the safety requirements of hearing or visually-impaired guests through a paging system and disabled refuge with Emergency Voice Communication System supplied by Notifier. A separate paging system has also been provided to alert staff to any alarms.
“Notifier’s combination of sophisticated technology, robustness, ease of use and maintenance, has once more made it the first choice in fire protection for a prominent building where there are many visitors and varied uses,” said Richard Paine, Product Marketing Manager, Notifier by Honeywell. “Flexibility and reliability are what Notifier are famous for – providing safety to the many guests and visitors at this high-profile venue that is sure to witness many great cricketing events in the future.”