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HESIS installs fire and security systems at St Mary’s student village, Bangor University

May 21, 2016

St Mary’s is a brand new student village at Bangor University, comprising nearly 900 rooms alongside a range of cutting edge facilities. HESIS Fire & Security used technology from Gent by Honeywell across the site to ensure that it has the very best fire detection solution in place. Situated next to the Menai Straits at […]

HESIS installs fire and security systems at St Mary’s student village, Bangor University

2017 UG Welsh Prospectus Intro Image (73) (002)

St Mary’s is a brand new student village at Bangor University, comprising nearly 900 rooms alongside a range of cutting edge facilities. HESIS Fire & Security used technology from Gent by Honeywell across the site to ensure that it has the very best fire detection solution in place.

Situated next to the Menai Straits at the foot of the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence.

With over 12,000 students and 2,000 members of staff, Bangor University is made up of five colleges housing 22 academic schools, as well as over 50 specialist research centres. As part of its ongoing development programme, it aims to provide students with the very best places to live and work and the St Mary’s student village is the latest addition to its accommodation portfolio.

With 10 individual buildings including en-suite studio apartments and townhouses with nearly 900 rooms, St. Mary’s also has a café bar, shop, laundrette, common rooms, and sports and fitness facilities on-site.

With a strict deadline for completion, the mechanical and electrical contractor on the St Mary’s project needed to work with a life safety specialist that could deliver a quality installation on time using state-of-the-art technology. Liverpool based HESIS Fire & Security was selected to carry out the fire detection system based work and the company’s Account Manager, Rob Beck, says, ‘We were delighted to be awarded this prestigious project and knew that we could exceed Bangor University’s stated requirements. We have worked closely with Gent for the last five years and we were recently awarded Gent Technology Centre status, demonstrating our resource and capability to design, supply, commission and service the company’s fire detection and alarm systems to the very highest standards.’

The solution specified by HESIS Fire & Security is based around Gent’s industry leading Vigilon system. Vigilon combines powerful software in the control panel and intelligent loop powered devices to deliver a flexible, easy to use system. Its modular concept makes systems simple to design for any building and algorithms are used to match the pattern of activity in the sensor with data from test results stored in the panel memory.

St Mary’s utilises nine networked Vigilon control panels with 10 repeater panels across the site. In addition, over 1,800 devices, including sounders and beacons (VADs) are installed, which signal back to the main security office at Bangor University. Uniquely, the detector heads have been programmed so that instructions are given in Welsh first and then English.

HESIS Fire & Security decided that the Gent S-Quad S4-711 Dual Optical Heat Detector would offer the best level of reliability and prevention of unwanted alarms. Martyn Keenan, Business Manager (North West) at Gent, explains, ‘S-Quad was the first intelligent loop powered multifunctional device to include a sensor, sounder, speech and visual alarm, and its extensively patented technology has an unrivalled ability to prevent unwanted alarms. Incorporating four separate sensing elements – heat, carbon monoxide, and dual angle optical forward and backward scatter, the fully EN 54-23 and EN 54-3 compliant S-Quad combines local processing in the sensor and the panel to achieve an immediate response to genuine fires.’

Asked why these were considered the most suitable option for the accommodation areas, Rob Beck replies, ‘Students are renowned for having very sociable and busy lifestyles, and it’s not uncommon for fire alarms to be activated by mistake as a result of bread being left too long in a toaster, or pans burning on the cooker hob or even steam from the integrated shower rooms. Therefore, in the event of something like this happening the S-Quad dual angle optical multi-sensors allow identification of the particle source, filtering potential unwanted alarms due to steam and dust etc.’ 

The Equality Act makes it the responsibility of all organisations to ensure that access to buildings and services is available to everyone, regardless of any physical disabilities. Therefore, in order to meet this obligation and to provide an additional level of safety, visual alarm devices (VADs) were also installed to offer an appropriate signal by emitting a bright red or white light.

Due to a number of delays caused elsewhere during the project, HESIS Fire & Security had to complete the installation and commissioning programme in a considerably reduced time scale. Beck comments, ‘It was tough and there was a lot of pressure on us to meet the handover. However, as well as a lot of long days, our mission was successful thanks to the ease of use, flexibility and versatility of the Gent equipment. This ensured that the commissioning process in particular was very smooth.’

For Ken Griffith, Head of Residences and Head Warden at Bangor University, the installation of the new fire detection system has been a resounding success. He concludes, ‘St Mary’s represents the very best in student accommodation and will enhance the reputation for excellence that we have developed over the years. Student safety is a vital part of our day-to-day activities and I’m convinced that we now have the very best technology in place to prevent the potentially devastating consequences of fire and smoke.’

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Landmark O2 Arena Development

March 30, 2016

The mechanical and electrical work has begun on the prestigious O2 Arena Development on London’s Greenwich peninsula, part of a £121m scheme which will see the development of a new InterContinental hotel, residential apartments building and conference centre facilities. Balfour Beatty, the construction firm behind the Greenwich development, broke ground in a ceremony last month marking the start of works to regenerate the 7.6 acre site. […]

Landmark O2 Arena Development

The mechanical and electrical work has begun on the prestigious O2 Arena Development on London’s Greenwich peninsula, part of a £121m scheme which will see the development of a new InterContinental hotel, residential apartments building and conference centre facilities. Balfour Beatty, the construction firm behind the Greenwich development, broke ground in a ceremony last month marking the start of works to regenerate the 7.6 acre site.

The centrepiece of the development will be ‘The InterContinental London The O2’, a 19-storey, 452-room five-star hotel containing a massive 4,800 square metres of space for conference and events. The development will also include The Peninsula Tower, a 23-storey building offering 100 serviced apartments with views across the Thames and South London.

HESIS, a company that specialises in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance for Mechanical & Electrical and Fire and Security across the UK, won the contract to provide the fire and security systems across the entire site. HESIS has worked alongside building services specialist HE Simm, when they became involved in the project in November 2013.

Barry Juggins, Managing Director, HESIS said: “We became involved in the initial stages when HE Simm were bidding for the scheme. Since then, we have worked very closely with them and offered a proactive approach to the design which was seen as a huge positive, particularly in a scheme of this size. This isone of the largest installations we have undertaken and we are delighted to be working on such a prestigious project.”

HESIS has selected a Gent by Honeywell fire detection and alarm (FD&A) solution to be installed throughout the three buildings. The company is part of the Gent 24 Network and was recently awarded Elite System Integrator status. This achievement means Hesis has been recognised as supplying, designing, installing and commissioning Gent equipment to the highest standards.

 

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Spindles & Town Square Shopping Centre

March 24, 2016

Positioned in the middle of Oldham town centre, Spindles Shopping Centre is one of Oldham’s largest shopping centres which is home to a number of high profile tenants including BHS, Debenhams, TJ Hughes & H&M to name a few. Project Objectives HESIS were the appointed mechanical and electrical contractor during a 3 year period, responsible to ensure the landlord mechanical and […]

Spindles & Town Square Shopping Centre

Positioned in the middle of Oldham town centre, Spindles Shopping Centre is one of Oldham’s largest shopping centres which is home to a number of high profile tenants including BHS, Debenhams, TJ Hughes & H&M to name a few.

Project Objectives

HESIS were the appointed mechanical and electrical contractor during a 3 year period, responsible to ensure the landlord mechanical and electrical services remained in full working order ensuring business continuity throughout the shopping centre.
Delivering the project involved a appointing a site based technician for 2 days per week responsible for the maintenance and repair of multiple gas fired air handling units ranging up to 600 kW, water heaters, legionella compliance, and other weekly duties such as standby generator and sprinkler testing all in accordance with SFG20 and current British Standards. HESIS was also responsible for the full subcontract management of a number of specialist services including building management systems, smoke ventilation and water hygiene and treatment.

Project Challenges

Being constructed in the mid 1990’s various items of essential plant and equipment within the shopping centre is coming to the end of its life span and as a result the number of breakdowns and plant replacement requirements was increased throughout our time on site, HESIS dealt with each issue that occurred in an prompt and proactive manner

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Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa

November 3, 2015

HESIS has upgraded the fire system at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel to the latest digital GENT Vigilon Technology.   Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa, is a stylish, modern hotel stunningly located amidst acres of peaceful gardens, for golfers, there are 2 challenging and professionally designed courses plus a Vital Health & Wellbeing Club […]

Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa

HESIS has upgraded the fire system at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel to the latest digital GENT Vigilon Technology.

 

Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa, is a stylish, modern hotel stunningly located amidst acres of peaceful gardens, for golfers, there are 2 challenging and professionally designed courses plus a Vital Health & Wellbeing Club with gym and swimming pool.

 

The consequences of a fire in a hotel environment could be life threatening for guests and nuisance false alarms from an unreliable system, are damaging to the hotel’s reputation and their repeat business. This upgrade enables the hotel to benefit from a modern, intelligent, fully addressable fire detection system that allows prompt and reliable detection of fires, helping to protect guests, staff and day visitors. The hotel consists of a mix of old and new buildings, which brings a high level of complexity to the installation, whilst operating seamlessly in a fully operational hotel. HESIS were entrusted with the safety of the hotel and its guests and have completed all of the work to the great satisfaction of the hotel management.

 

The upgrade to the GENT Vigilon based fire detection system includes a 6 loop panel, with over 380 devices across 4 loops. The new system uses the latest GENT S-Quad multi-sensory detectors, which can detect, smoke, CO2 or Heat. They can also have sounders and beacons built into them, giving customers the flexibility to use different alarm tones or even speech if required.

 

HESIS are one of GENT’s Elite System Integrators, an accolade that is awarded to companies who have demonstrated considerable growth and successful market development in working with Gent. The status highlights the expertise and importance of the HESIS organisation to the fire and security field.

 

HESIS have offices in Liverpool and London offering a customer focused, no nonsense approach to business and customer service. For further information please visit www.hesis.co.uk

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Liverpool University Crown Place Halls of Residence

September 24, 2015

Located on Brownlow Hill in the centre of the University’s city campus, Crown Place was constructed on the site previously occupied by the School of Veterinary Sciences and provides self-catered ensuite accommodation to 1259 students.‎ Crown Place offers undergraduate students a choice of either single beds, double beds, studio rooms (inc. flatscreen TV) or large […]

Liverpool University Crown Place Halls of Residence

Located on Brownlow Hill in the centre of the University’s city campus, Crown Place was constructed on the site previously occupied by the School of Veterinary Sciences and provides self-catered ensuite accommodation to 1259 students.‎

Crown Place offers undergraduate students a choice of either single beds, double beds, studio rooms (inc. flatscreen TV) or large studio suites. There are also accessible rooms for students with mobility issues and facilities for students requiring live-in full-time carer support.

Design and planning started in June 2013 and was completed in September 2014, the specific brief for HESIS was to design, supply, install and commission all 1259 student accommodation blocks, including, the Fire Systems, Access Control Doors, the Lifts and Deaf Messaging Access Control, all CCTV, Intruder Alarms, Disabled Call System, Hearing Induction Loops, AOV all of which have to talk to the Building Management system (BMS).

The Fire Alarm, was a Gent 6 loop fully networked Vigilon system, comprising of over 2500 devices, with 8 Alarm Control Panels and 1 network node, (with PC based graphic system) all reporting back to the PC based graphics system, (WINMAG) at reception.

As part of the Deaf Messaging Service, which sends a text message to the users when there is a fire activation within their block, we also installed pull cords in bedrooms which were connected into the monitored input on the sensor, which operated as panic alarms as well. When a pull cord was activated this notified the staff through the WINMAG Fire Alarm Graphic System and pin pointed the location of the alarm.

The Access control that HESIS installed, consisted of a TCP/IP based Xplan System with hard wired and wireless “online” doors reporting back to a PC at the reception. Approximately 1560 Wireless doors and 40 Hard Wired doors were installed including automation to the external security gates to aid disabled students on entering and exiting the accommodation buildings.

Axis communications CCTV was chosen to protect the internal and external perimeters of the site. A total of 166 cameras were installed and commissioned.

A C-TEC Qantec Disabled Call System was installed to give disabled residents a sense of security if there was ever a moment that they needed assistance. This system will notify staff on reception on the main indicator panel of the exact location of any activation.

Allan Wong – HESIS Project Manager, stated that the main challenge for this installation were commissioning the systems across the 3 buildings working within tight time lines. Allan went on to say that he would consider Crown Place to be one of HESIS’s flagship installations to date, where all the team pulled together to ensure what has been described by others as a first class installation, was handed over on time and within budget to the customer.

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Sanctuary Student

June 4, 2015

Students get first class protection in luxury accommodation Sanctuary Students Grenville Street is by no means your typical type of student accommodation. The private building is a stylish new development located in Liverpool city centre, with every aspect designed to offer the most luxurious standard of student living. Situated close to both The University of […]

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Students get first class protection in luxury accommodation

Sanctuary Students Grenville Street is by no means your typical type of student accommodation. The private building is a stylish new development located in Liverpool city centre, with every aspect designed to offer the most luxurious standard of student living.

Situated close to both The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, the brand new building is ideally located for studying, shopping and socialising. The modern six storey property offers students a choice of either personal studio apartments, or shared luxury apartments accommodating four, five or six people. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms and double beds and the vast public areas of the building include spacious common rooms and on-site laundry facilities, as well as the security and plant rooms.

When it comes to the safety of the building’s resident and visitors, having the most reliable and efficient fire detection and alarm (FDA) system to protect both life and property is critical. The FDA installation at the high spec building, included a Gent by Honeywell solution, selected to offer to the most robust protection for the occupants and building. The installation was completed last summer ready for the start of the academic 2014 term.

HE Simm was the main electrical contractor and the FDA system was designed, commissioned and installed by one of Gent’s key systems integrators HESIS.

Allan Wong, HESIS, said: “An L4 category system was selected to cover the congregated areas, including the fire escapes, corridors and common areas. The Gent Vigilon system was installed alongside a range of the company’s S-Quad multi sensor detectors to provide the most sophisticated detection, and also minimise the number of unwanted false alarms at the property.”

The main Vigilon panel was installed in the reception lobby, and the system incorporated a paging system to connect it to the fire alarm.

Allan Wong said: “The flexibility of the Vigilon solution allowed us to connect it to a paging system for the staff on duty in the building. Each of those employees will now be given notification of any alarms via a signal on their paging device. The fire alarm was also interfaced into the AOV (automatic opening vents) system which operates every single vent throughout the property, so in the event of a fire in a particular area of the building, the vents or windows will open automatically on detection.”

In addition, the Gent solution was also fully interfaced into Grenville Street’s plant rooms and also covers the property’s adjoining car parks. Heat detectors with beacons were installed throughout the car park.

Allan Wong said: “The other element of the FDA solution is that in the event of an activation in the car park the system has been configured to trigger in the plant room which then automatically turns the fans on to extract the smoke from the car park.

“Students residing in Liverpool’s Grenville Street property have been given the ultimate protection by the Gent system. The occupants can enjoy the luxury of their surroundings safe in the knowledge that the most robust and reliable solution is at work behind the scenes.”