Maidstone Combined Court in Kent has been equipped with a new Apollo-based fire detection system. The building was constructed in 1983 and houses both the Crown and County Courts. Six storeys in height, the Court is most famous for the recent trial surrounding the £53 million Securitas depot raid in 2006, for which six people are currently serving sentences.
The fire detection contract was awarded to R&M Clarkson, who were given a project time of just 10 weeks. Neil Shrubsole, the company’s Operations Director, explains: “Working to such a short time frame, we needed to be certain that the equipment would arrive on site exactly when it was needed. We also needed assurance that the fire system was based on proven technology and that it would be reliable from day one. Apollo fulfilled every aspect of this brief and we had no hesitation in recommending their technology.
Maidstone Combined Court’s new fire system uses in excess of 1500 devices, including 900 Apollo Discovery fire detectors and multisensors. In addition, the building is equipped with more than 500 Discovery audio-visual warning devices. The system is controlled using six networked Kentec control panels complete with graphical mimics.