Cygnus Wireless Alarms Selected for No. 1 Palace Street

No. 1 Palace Street is a large development located in Victoria, London, opposite the one and only Buckingham Palace. The project is being developed by British property company Northacre which is owned by Abu Dhabi Financial Group.


This project is an exclusive development with five different architectural styles each with its own unique character and story and sets a new standard in luxury living. A historic grade II listed Buckingham Gate was constructed in 1861 as one of London’s first Landmark hotels; “The Palace Hotel”.

The renovation includes a 2000sq ft gym which incorporates 2 personal training studios and advanced fitness equipment. Alongside this is a 20m private pool and 6,500sq ft of wellness facilities.

The Project

Construction started at the beginning of 2016 and is scheduled for completion in 2018. Balfour Beatty was selected to deliver the pre-construction services contract for a £130m renovation and new-build scheme on No. 1 Palace Street in Saint James’s Park.

The scheme will involve refurbishment of the existing 6 storey listed building, construction behind retained facades and an intricate 4 storey basement. Upon completion the complex will house 72 apartments, many of which will enjoy outlooks over the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Cygnus’s Role

Main contractors Balfour Beatty specified the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System throughout the duration of the project. From demolition of old buildings adjacent to Buckingham Gate up to the current stage of construction; there have been over 40 Cygnus alarm units installed on site including smoke and heat detectors and fire call point alarms. These units have been installed strategically around the site and are connected to a main control panel that is positioned in the project manager’s office which is within the site compound.

As this project is a refurbishment and expansion of an existing building which had its own fixed alarm system installed; the Cygnus input/output interface unit was installed to link the fixed alarm system to the Cygnus alarm system for the duration of the project. So should there be an alert raised in case of an emergency all sections of the project would be alerted and a site evacuation would take place.

The Cygnus system was a good investment in a complex project such as 1 Palace Street, as there are many complications and technical issues to overcome regarding safety. A reliable and flexible temporary alarm system enables construction companies to provide effective fire safety and workforce protection.


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