Etihad Stadium Expansion Project Incorporates Cygnus

Originally built for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 the Etihad Stadium is now home to Manchester City Football Club. The stadium has recently undergone an expansion which now has a capacity of 55,000. The main contractors Laing O’Rourke had to work seamlessly around large events such as the club’s first Rugby World Cup Match in 2015.

A second phase of the stadium expansion by Laing O’Rourke is taking place currently and will increase the stadium’s capacity to 60,000. Laing O’Rourke have specified Cygnus wireless fire alarms to be installed for their temporary fire alarm system throughout the project.

There are more than 20 Cygnus units positioned around the site including fire call point alarms and heat detectors. These alarms communicate with 2 separate control panels, one of which is positioned in Laing O’Rourke’s site office and the other one is positioned in the security hut.

Often there are certain complexities about refurb and expansion projects that make it hard to maintain and manage fire and evacuation safety but the Cygnus alarm system has the ability to adapt therefore enabling the project managers and supervisors to know that their site and workforce is protected at all times.

The Cygnus radio module has been designed for specific use on construction sites where changing site conditions and environments demand a far higher performance from the radio than that often found in standard industry wireless linked fire systems. The wireless radio operates on a mesh network which essentially means that ‘Device A’ can communicate to ‘Device B’ which then sends/receives info to ‘Device C’ and so forth. Using the mesh network, the overall reach is unlimited, whilst remaining wire-free. Therefore by linking up several units, this ensures signal integrity is maintained in a changing environment. The system has been successfully installed in conditions ranging from steel site cabin complexes to concrete basements up to 12m below ground and even rail projects 40m underground. The range of radios on open ground has been measured at 1.5km and signals have been received at over 2.5km from units placed in high rise buildings.