Executive Project Requires Executive Temporary Alarm System

Bull Products’ state-of-the-art wireless fire alarm systems are currently featuring in the £140M construction of One Blackfriars, at the centre of which will be a 170 metre, 50 storey tower soon to be a new icon for London’s skyline on the South Bank. Located just south of the Blackfriars Bridge, the development consists of three separate buildings: the tower providing 274 lavish apartments; a six floor boutique style hotel; as well as a luxury leisure and retail building, and a central landscape plaza with water feature.

Wingate Electrical, electrical contractors to the main contractors Brookfield Multiplex, selected the Cygnus wireless fire alarm system as a preferred option to provide fire and first aid protection throughout the site.  Over 100 Cygnus modules are located around the site connected to a central control panel which is positioned in the site office. Many of the alarms are located at the emergency exits on each of the 52 floors and in the basement of the main tower block.

All told, there are some 66 Cygnus combined fire call points and first aid alarm units and 43 Cygnus heat detectors providing a wireless network to the Cygnus control panel. The control panel has additional functionality over standard as it uses a GSM / GPRS modem where activations can be sent directly reported to a third party monitoring station and/or site personnel by SMS text messaging.  The panel can also be accessed from a PC so users can remotely view the system’s status from any location.  The user can also set parameters remotely, view event logs, activate the PIR sensors and name alarm devices.

A few facts about this new landmark:

Taking up 15 years of the Architect’s life, the original design was altered due to it blocking views of St Paul’s from a Heritage bridge in St James Park. Architect Ian Simpson was inspired by a Scandinavian glass vessel from his private art collection, hence the building has been nicknamed ‘the Vase’.

The remarkable exterior which lacks the common ‘extrusions’ (by this Simpson refers to balconies) has an immense influence on the interiors. Sliding doors are positioned on the perimeter of each apartment which open into an individual private ‘sky garden’ which is an enclosed veranda within the curved glass exterior.

On a clear day it is possible to see 28 miles from the top floor, and creates a previously concealed perspective of the ever-changing Capital; including the Houses of Parliament, the City, Canary Wharf and across the South London district.


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