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Durham University

Durham University


A new building at Durham University was being constructed to house the Earth Sciences department, together with the E-Science Research Institute and part of the Geography department.

The Needs

To ensure the safety of occupants in the event of fire or power failure, the building required a fire detection system and an emergency lighting system, both of which had to comply with prevailing regulations and standards.

The Solution

Following the success of its other installations on the Durham campus, Cooper Lighting and Safety was selected from the university’s list of approved suppliers to provide the fire-detection and emergency-lighting systems for the new building.

The main part of the building was protected by a Menvier four-loop analogue addressable fire detection system linked to more than 250 smoke detectors, call points and sounders. Fully compliant with the latest standards and regulations, the fire system provided both advanced functionality and simplicity of operation.

In addition, Cooper Lighting and Safety also supplied a Vesda early-warning smoke detection system for the building’s computer room, which is a separate high-security area containing an array of powerful and valuable computers. The high-sensitivity Vesda system is connected to a remote display some 200m away in the university’s security lodge.

Over 200 Menvier stand-alone emergency luminaires were installed throughout the building, including Eurolite flush-mounted luminaires and Recessed Safe Edge exit signs, with Atlantic Plus IP65-rated luminaires chosen for exterior applications.

The Result

With the Cooper Lighting and Safety systems installed in the Earth Sciences building, the university has ensured that students, staff and visitors will be able to exit the building safely in the event of a power failure and that they will be alerted immediately if there is any outbreak of fire. In addition, the sensitive smoke detection system in the computer room provides protection for crucial equipment and data.

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