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Ampleforth Abbey and College

Ampleforth College is a co-educational independent day and boarding school situated in the village of Ampleforth, near York, North Yorkshire.

Opening in 1802 initially as a boys only school it is run by the Benedictine Monks of Ampleforth Abbey.

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The challenge

The fire detection systems and arrangements already in place at Ampleforth needed a structural reorganisation. This posed some initial problems as many of the fire safety systems also needed updating.

While carrying out the reorganisation and update, it was important to ensure minimal disruption to the learning and teaching timetable so that the college campus remained fully functional.

The solution

Tecserv overcame these issues by upgrading the current systems where required, providing assistance and guidance in the re-organisation of the fire alarm system management to ensure it is fully understood.

Each system we installed featured high quality fire detection equipment sourced from leading manufacturers. This helps to minimise the occurrence of false alarm activations and ongoing maintenance and inspections can be carried out with ease.

The outcome

Just as it is in any educational establishment, the safety of pupils and staff are of paramount importance. However, given the historic nature of the buildings and because the college adjoins the schoolhouses, the requirement for high quality fire protection increases further.

Tecserv UK Ltd was able to provide Ampleforth College with the latest specification of fire protection equipment whilst also helping to reduce cost. Over twenty college buildings have been upgraded and Tecserv is contracted on an ongoing basis to maintain and carry out inspections on all the fire alarm systems that are installed across the college campus.


We have worked with Tecserv UK Ltd for a number of year’s as our approved contractor for fire alarm systems. We have found their engineers to be highly competent and helpful; and they always take the time to review servicing and maintenance issues with us as they arise. The technical staff have been extremely helpful in configuring our alarm systems to meet the needs of the college and our monastic community. They have worked hard to make sure our systems are compliant and fit for purpose whilst keeping within the financial constraints we set. We have a very strong working relationship with Tecserv UK Ltd which we hope will continue for many years to come.

Andrew Smith, Operations Director – Ampleforth College

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