How we supported a school to upgrade its fire alarm system

October 27th, 2020

As an approved installer of fire alarm systems manufactured by Electro Detectors, the company notified us in 2017 that production of spares for both Millennium and Zerio systems would cease from 31st March 2021.  As you would expect, since then, we have been working with our customers to ensure plans are in place ensure their commercial buildings and occupants are protected with a fully complaint and operationally reliable l fire alarm system.

How we helped Akeley School upgrade its EDA system

Akeley Wood School is a long standing customer and we recently helped this private education provider to upgrade its fire alarm system and replace it with the latest technology.

Some parts of the school were protected by an EDA Millennium fire alarm system which is one of the systems for which spare parts would not be produced and operated using a radio frequency that was no longer approved to EN54 part 25 and BS5839 Part-1 standards.

The school is spread over three separate campuses. The Junior School campus is at Wicken Park, the Senior School is split over 2 sites,  Year 7 and 8 at Tile House Mansion and the Senior & Sixth form provision is based at the Akeley Wood House campus. All 3 properties are former private residences in extensive grounds, and the main campus buildings are grade II listed so it was vital to ensure the architecture and decor was unaffected by the works that needed to take place.

We were appointed to install a new EDA Zerio Plus wireless fire alarm system to the Main House, the Art Building and the Stable Block at the Senior School campus.

This system was preferred as it was compatible with the other existing systems in newer buildings on the school site which had systems installed that already operated on the EN approved frequency. These upgrades meant that all systems could now be integrated and centrally monitored by a facilities team.

We understand the need to preserve!

When installing and maintaining fire alarm, intruder alarm, access control and CCTV systems in listed buildings, museums, old hotels, castles, stately homes and other heritage sites, one of the main challenges is to avoid spoiling the aesthetics of historic buildings.

Often, these properties have been built well before electricity was even invented and so safety and compliance have to be considered against maintaining the originality and appearance of their interiors.

We understand that running cabling or installing control panels, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire call points, cameras or key pads onto ornate coving, priceless ceiling décor, gold or ornately carved wall panelling is never going to be a popular recommendation!

The facilities manager at Akeley Woods was particularly pleased with our careful approach and attention to detail.

We also understand school safety policy and procedures

Most educational institutions have been built to cater for a variety of mixed uses. A complex can comprise classrooms, lecture theatres, halls of residence, kitchens and refractories, as well as laboratories and sports facilities. Each area poses a different type of fire and security risk and our engineers are aware that when working on site that we have to comply with all policies and procedures.

Tecserv’s approach is quite simple. We think it is our responsibility to liaise with facilities managers at the various institutions we work with to help them install and maintain effective fire and security systems.

If you have a fire alarm system that is in need of upgrade due to parts becoming obsolete or malfunctions are causing too many unforeseen call outs and it no longer cost effective to maintain, please get in touch or complete the enquiry form below.