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January 30, 2023


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Fire system installed to protect spiritual retreat

C-TEC’s CAST XFP fire system has been installed at a spiritual retreat in Llangollen, North Wales.

Tan-Y-Garth Hall, Wales

The retreat, at Tan-Y-Garth Hall, is a Grade II listed house built in 1915, and is set in acres of woodland overlooking Ceiriog Valley. Owned by the International Hermeneutic Society, it is said to provide a ‘spiritual haven’ for people interested in yoga, meditation, art, music and science.

The Society’s plans to additionally utilise the building as a hotel meant the existing manual fire alarm system had to be replaced to comply with the relevant regulations. Fire specialist company, Allied Fire Alarms & Escapes Ltd, specified an L1 category fire alarm system aimed at providing the ‘highest standard’ for the protection of life. Featuring an XFP CAST panel connected to an array of heat, smoke and multi-sensor devices, the system is designed to deliver the earliest possible warning should a fire occur at the historic 17-bedroomed hall, a popular venue for group workshops, location shoots, exhibitions and performances.

John Westerman, Allied’s Managing Director: “The entire project went exceptionally smoothly as CAST’s soft addressing feature makes installation and commissioning fast and easy – devices can be programmed at the panel so you don’t need to walk around site to physically program each one. The innate flexibility of the system also means that, if the needs of the site change in the future, devices can be easily adjusted via the panel’s programming tools to meet the client’s exact specification.”

“We chose CAST for its simplicity yet effectiveness in the field, specifically XFP CAST because of its compactness and functionality. When we handed over the system to our client, they were clearly impressed by its user-friendliness and capacity to be adapted in the future.”

Conceived and designed by C-TEC as part of a 10-year, multi-million-pound project, CAST is a more advanced ‘distributed intelligence’ fire alarm system protocol, according to the firm. CAST’s control panels, detection and alarm devices are all designed and manufactured at the company’s UK manufacturing facility to ‘guarantee’ that every component integrates to create systems that work ‘perfectly’.

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