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Safe harbour at Olympic sailing venue

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The fire system covers the marina’s facilities building, restaurant, business units and boat workshops

One of the venues for sailing events during the 2012 Olympic Games has been equipped with an Apollo-based fire detection system.

Portland Marina in Weymouth, Dorset, has fully serviced berths for vessels up to 44m long and a full boatyard service. The fire system covers the marina facilities building, restaurant, 13 business units and four boat workshops.

The distributed fire detection system comprises 19 Channel Fire control panels, varying from six-zone models in the main buildings to single zone models in the individual business units. There are 40 manual call points installed around the complex as well as a combination of Apollo Series 65 optical smoke detectors and fixed and rate-of-rise heat detectors.

David Smith, managing director of contractors H W Smith & Son (Contracting), said: “As the site is manned 24/7 and the business and workshop units are let to tenants, we agreed on a solution based on Apollo’s conventional technology. This offers a number of benefits to the client, including reduced costs, simplified future maintenance and greater adaptability to changes of use. We recommended Apollo fire detection products because they have proved very reliable in the past.”

In addition to internal audio visual devices, the fire system includes 18 IP65-rated sounder beacons, which are installed externally to communicate an alarm anywhere in the boatyard.

 

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