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October 11, 2023


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Manchester Deva City Office Park upgraded with fire safety system

A fire safety system by Comelit-PAC was installed at the Hop House in Deva City Office Park by GB Integrated Systems for enhanced site safety. 

Part of the former Threlfalls Brewery, a feature of the Manchester city skyline, Deva City Office Park presents an eclectic mix of business space in a Grade II listed Brewery building or 17 high-spec self-contained office units.

The office park required a stand-alone 1-loop analogue addressable panel, along with 24/7 security and fire safety.

GB Integrated System is said to have worked directly with the site management team to upgrade the addressable panels, and specified a Comelit-PAC’s LogiFire solution.

Grade II classification among complex requirements

Iain Taylor Director of Asset Management at Northwood Investors International Limited said: “We knew we had complex requirements for Deva City when it came to security and fire safety, with each individual business on site needing its own risk assessments.  This was set against the buildings themselves, where any upgrades had to be sympathetic to the specific interest Grade II classification and balance modern design and use of technology.

“GB Integrated Systems made it a priority to understand this and work with us right from initial design and specification to implement a bespoke solution that could accommodate our requirements.  From a fire safety perspective, Comelit-PAC was recommended, to ensure we could reduce installation time and minimise disruption to business activity for the benefit of our occupiers.”

The system has been designed to offer an easier to install, fire safety solution that is complemented with a range of detectors and designs to ensure systems blend with their surroundings.

“Peace of mind”

Mandy Bowden, Comelit-PAC Fire Manager added: “When it comes to fire safety, the market is growing rapidly amid greater awareness of the need for risk assessments, remediation work, building upgrades and ongoing maintenance in the new-build sector as well as at existing sites.

“What our work with GB Integrated Systems at Deva City Office Park demonstrates is the need to assess each development as early as possible in a works programme to ensure solutions meet exact requirements.  We understood that any upgrade had to be carefully considered with regards to how it will impact on the aesthetics of the overall premises. Together, we identified how LogiFire as a single solution, could be installed quickly and effectively for the benefit of all who work on site.  It allows for total peace of mind and fire safety.”

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