Cygnus Makes a Splash at Brighton’s Royal Sussex Hospital

Main contractor Laing O’Rourke specified Cygnus wireless alarm systems to be installed on the Royal Sussex Hospital project in Brighton. This project has also been named the 3Ts Redevelopment which is a development to allow for specialist tertiary, trauma and teaching facilities to be offered in the region. Two temporary buildings have been constructed (completed in 2015) to house services including Nuclear Medicine, Physiotherapy Outpatients and Rheumatology Outpatients whilst the wider redevelopment is underway.

There are over 60 Cygnus units that have been installed in the main hospital building for the duration of the refurbishment. Incorporated within the system are 24 Cygnus heat detectors, 2 Cygnus Control Panels, 19 Cygnus fire call points and first aid alarm units, 6 Cygnus 85dB call point alarms, 4 Cygnus detector interface units, which are connected to radio-linked heat and smoke detectors, 1 Cygnus Input/output interface unit and 3 Cygnus repeater units.

The Cygnus interface unit connects the Cygnus system with the security in the main hospital. The interface is installed in temporary NHS offices in the grounds of the hospital. A Cygnus repeater unit is installed on the side of this temporary building and talks to another unit which is installed on the very top of the Hospital’s Thomas Kemp Tower some 500 meters away. Should an alert be raised, both the Cygnus system and the main hospital security and alarm system will sound.

Laing O’Rourke have worked closely with the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to develop proposals for the main building ahead of the construction start time earlier this year.

In March this year a 300 tonne crane was working at the heart of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site to lift construction safety equipment onto the top of the 15 storey Thomas Kemp Tower. The 3Ts Redevelopment’s helideck is being constructed there along with a new lift to take patients directly from the deck down to the same level as the Emergency Department. The helideck will allow emergency helicopters to bring the most severely injured patients directly to the hospital rather than having to land in East Brighton Park which has been the normal procedure so far.

Safety equipment is being put in place on top of the Thomas Kemp Tower before construction starts on the helideck’s support framework. In the coming weeks a tower crane will be put up on top the Thomas Kemp Tower to aid in the construction of the helideck and the lift.