The preservation of heritage and listed buildings for the enjoyment of future generations is of paramount importance. None of us wish to read stories of beautiful buildings being destroyed by fire and their contents, which are often irreplaceable, lost forever. Neither do we wish to read stories of buildings being accessed by intruders wishing to steal valuable heirlooms.
When installing and maintaining fire alarm, intruder alarm, access control and CCTV systems in museums, old hotels, castles, stately homes and other heritage sites, one of the main challenges is to avoid spoiling the aesthetics of the building.
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!
Having worked in association with English Heritage and The National Trust on a number of their properties, Tecserv UK fully appreciate the challenges of working on heritage and listed properties.
We have learned a number of techniques that are acceptable in providing the balance of safety and compliance with the retention of building integrity.
A popular fire alarm option is to install a radio fire alarm system which works using radio frequencies rather than wiring. In instances where this might not be possible, for example when wall thickness blocks the transmission of radio signals, we’ll use our experience and knowledge to suggest alternative solutions.
Working closely with property owners and fire risk assessors we’ll provide a fire and security alarm systems that are fit for purpose.
Our aim is that should a fire break out, it can be detected early so that as much of the property is as undamaged as possible and residents and visitors are safely evacuated.
Any high risk areas and items of high value will also be considered to ensure adequate protection is installed.