Kentec & Hochiki Chosen to Protect New London Eurostar Terminus
The stunning new Eurostar terminus at St Pancras International in London bristles with the latest high-performance fire detection and alarm technology.
St Pancras station has been part of Britain’s railways heritage for the better part of 150 years. The station’s restoration, remodelling and extension represents the last building block in the London-to-Paris high speed rail link that really got underway back in 1987 when work started on the Channel Tunnel. It will ultimately be used by over 45 million travellers every year, cutting the journey time from London to Paris to two-and-a-quarter hours.
System design and product selection, installation, testing and commissioning of the new and extensive fire safety solution for the station was undertaken by the Infrastructure and Rail Services division of EMCOR as part of its £310 million contract with Union Railways North for the refurbishment of St Pancras International. The team was headed by Peter Patrick, head of EMCOR’s fire division and an expert at undertaking major infrastructure capital projects such as the Jubilee Line and Russian. In total, 5,000 Hochiki ESP – Enhanced System Protocol – analogue addressable devices have been installed throughout the site on 14 of Kentec Electronics’ Syncro control panels and repeaters.
A key factor cited by Peter Patrick for the decision to opt for the Hochiki / Kentec solution was that Kentec panels are fully compatible with all of Hochiki’s ESP protocol devices. A factor which influenced the same strategy being adopted to protect the two other new stations on the rail link, Ebbsfleet International near Dartford in Kent, and the new Stratford International Station near the City/Canary Wharf that is also central to the 2012 Olympic transport strategy, with forecasted passenger volumes of 25,000 a day to and from the Olympic Games’ venues.
Summing up his thoughts on the project Peter says: “Over the years I have used many different fire detection devices and I can truly say that Hochiki has time and time again proved to be the most reliable and best performing of them all. The key elements that I look for in a fire system are reliability, flexibility, good quality control, high performance and false alarm management. The last thing we need on a site such as St Pancras International is unwanted false alarms. With the synergy that has resulted from Hochiki and Kentec Electronics working together, they have delivered superior product performance and hands-on technical support.”