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March 3, 2022

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Over 2,000 Hyfire wireless devices installed in London high-rises

Four landmark London towers are now utilising Hyfire’s wireless fire protection devices, fitted in partnership with installers Gemini AMPM and FirstPort.

With up to 25 floors, the Elektron Tower, Proton Tower, Neutron Tower and Switch Tower together form a development on the banks of the Thames in Tower Hamlets, comprising of 497 apartments.

With fire system upgrades required outside the normal schedule of improvements to the buildings, wireless was an obvious choice, limiting the time on site and reducing impact on the fabric of the building.

Jamie Dawson, Director at Gemini AMPM, comments: “With the requirement to install the upgraded system in occupied buildings, wireless was the obvious choice, and Hyfire wireless devices are the best in the business. The original schedule to install the 2,000 individual detectors, call points, sounders and other wireless devices was six weeks, but we managed it in four thanks to the ability to pre-programme devices offsite and install them in minutes, with around 90% less cabling required.

“Our installers worked seamlessly with the Hyfire team, who helped us to pinpoint the exact number of devices required and where they should be located. The onsite property managers from FirstPort helped facilitated us working across the four buildings and liaised with residents, ensuring we could gain access to 99% of apartments within the four-week schedule.”

Ollie Murray, Regional Sales Manager at Hyfire, says: “Since the launch of Taurus earlier in 2021, more and more installers have been discovering the benefits that wireless fire devices can offer. This is just one example of a project where fire system installations are made simpler and quicker, which is particularly beneficial in situations where buildings remain occupied. Whereas the upfront cost of the unit may be a little higher, the savings on running wiring loops and making good after are also considerable, so the cost/benefit analysis in favour of using wireless is highly favourable, and that’s before you even consider the other benefits.”

Tony Ulasi, Development Manager at FirstPort, concludes: “Installing a new fire system across these four landmark towers is a huge operation. We needed to work closely with a trusted supplier that could provide a cost-effective solution, whilst going above and beyond to minimise disruption to our tenants during the pandemic. From the beginning of the project Gemini AMPM ticked all the boxes – from product selection, to design, to installation. As a result, we have been able to prioritise safety, whilst achieving considerable cost savings.”

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