One Victoria Square and One Swallow Street, Birmingham

UK & Ireland

Fire protection solutions manufacturer, Advanced, has supplied intelligent fire panels and evacuation alert systems to a mixed-use development at the prestigious One Victoria Square, and adjoining One Swallow Street, as part of a major refurbishment to grade A specification.

One Victoria Square fronts onto one of Birmingham’s most high profile and iconic squares and the gateway to the Central Business District. A mixed-use development, it has multiple levels containing mainly office space, with a retail unit on the ground floor. Meanwhile the adjoining One Swallow Street also has multiple levels but offers residential apartments.

Advanced’s high-performance, fault-tolerant MxPro 5 analogue addressable panels were chosen to provide industry-leading protection to all levels at One Victoria Square and the linked building One Swallow Street. In addition, One Swallow Street also benefits from BS 8629-compliant EvacGo evacuation alert systems which were installed to help keep residents safe.

Fire safety specialists, Gem Fire Solutions was involved in the project from design through to commissioning. They installed eight networked MxPro 5 fire panels along with an Advanced graphics system and Apollo devices across both buildings. In One Swallow Street three EvacGo evacuation alert systems were also installed along with Hyfire sounders.

Jamie Dyer, Gem Fire Solutions, said: “As a mixed-use development it was important to find a solution that would meet the requirements of both the commercial and residential buildings. Advanced’s ability to provide a full package of fire panels, graphics and evacuation alert systems made the choice simple. The MxPro 5 panels were the ideal solution providing a powerful platform, comprehensive cause and effect options, fast network and user-friendly controls. While the BS 8629-compliant EvacGo evacuation alert system gives peace of mind that Swallow Street residents can be evacuated safely in an emergency.”

Shaun Scott, Emergency Evacuation Systems Application Engineer at Advanced, said: “We offer our customers an extensive range of fire protection solutions to meet the demands of a wide variety of commercial and high-rise residential settings. Our MxPro 5 panels are designed to make life as easy as possible, delivering robust protection that offers real peace of mind, all backed up by our highly rated technical support. Meanwhile, following the Grenfell Tower enquiry and the increased awareness of the importance of effective fire evacuation, we have seen an increasing number of building owners installing EvacGo systems. While the Building Regulations make evacuation alert systems mandatory in new residential buildings over 18m, building owners of smaller buildings, or those being retrofitted, are also keen to meet best practice and keep their residents safe.”

MxPro 5 is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire panel and is certified by FM Approvals to EN 54 Parts 2 and 4. It offers customers a choice of four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support. MxPro 5 can be used in single-loop, single-panel format, or easily configured into high-speed networks of up to 200 panels covering huge areas. Ease of installation and configuration, as well as its wide range of peripheral options, make MxPro 5 customisable to almost any application.

The MxPro 5’s stand-out false alarm management capabilities are available as standard. AlarmCalm delivers unprecedented control of verification and investigation delays. By dividing sites up into virtual false alarm ‘building areas’ independent of fire zones, much more precise control of false alarm management and reduction strategies can be achieved that exactly fit the needs of each part of a building. An optional AlarmCalm button allows trained occupants to verify if they believe a local fire signal is a false alarm too – a highly effective way of eliminating unwanted alarms.

The MxPro 5 BMS/graphics interface allows BMS systems and graphical control PCs to be easily integrated with the MxPro 5 series of fire control panels and remote terminals using a simple RS232 connection. Multiple interfaces can be connected to the network catering for sites requiring control from a number of graphical PCs.

Meanwhile, all Advanced evacuation alert systems are custom-manufactured to reflect each individual building’s evacuation zones and have been developed to provide a bespoke solution that allows the fire services to control evacuation floor-by-floor according to the severity and location of the fire. The guidance states that the evacuation alert control system should be installed where a ‘stay put’ policy is in force, so that it can be used to facilitate a timely and ordered evacuation for all residents. An evacuation alert system is vital to help fire and rescue services inform residents of a change in evacuation strategy during an incident and can be used alongside existing methods of evacuation to improve safety for residents. It must be standalone, with its only function being to assist fire and rescue services in the evacuation of the building.


MxPro 5 wireless flyer

Consultant Specification for MxPro 5

MxPro 5 Brochure

BS 8629 Pocket Guide to Evacuation Alert Systems

Overview of BS 8629 Infographic

EvacGo Order Process Guide

EvacGo Brochure

EN54 Part 13 Brochure

Fire Safety in High-Rise Buildings E-Book

Historic Sites Brochure

EvacGo Flyer

EvacGo Training Brochure

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