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Coventry Church and Pastoral Centre benefits from new fire detection regime

21 April 2020

FIRE DETECTION systems from Comelit have been installed at the St Catherine’s Church and Pastoral Centre in Coventry to ensure the safety of all who work in and visit the site. The popular church, which was initially built to serve the local community prior to the outbreak of World War II, was forced to close in January 2011 as the maintenance of the building was no longer sustainable, but recently re-opened.

The new building, which was officially opened by Dr Christopher Cocksworth (the Bishop of Coventry) at the end of last year, features a multi-purpose hall, a meeting room, kitchen, facilities and a vestry for quiet prayer, together with an office. The building has been accredited fire safe with the installation by Avalon Technology Group of Comelit’s Atena Easy single loop system.

The Reverend Buff Forbes Stone of St Catherine’s said: “The church has been at the centre of the community for 80 years and has been integral to regeneration and social action in the area. It has been on a long journey in the last eight years, and we're delighted to finally be able to enjoy the new facilities with our ever-growing community. We are so grateful for all the support which has enabled us to create this splendid new building that will serve our community now and for generations to come. We acknowledge those who have worked closely with us to ensure its safety in terms of fire and security.”

Comelit’s Atena Easy single loop solution is a compact, entry-level and fully-addressable control panel system. Finished in line with Comelit’s focus on aesthetics, its design can accommodate up to 500 devices making it ideal for small applications, with a fully-functional networked opportunity to expand with a facility or building requirement.

Guy Stephens, director of the Avalon Technology Group, informed Fire Safety Matters: “St Catherine’s Church has an integral part to play in the local community and, therefore, ensuring the fire safety of the building, without affecting the accessibility to all of its new facilities, is of the upmost importance. The Atena Easy single loop system was simple to install and commands full technical support to ensure the seamless and ongoing maintenance of the system.”

Mandy Bowden, business development manager for fire safety solutions at Comelit, added: “Fire alarms for churches are essential considerations for every part of the vicinity building. At St Catherine’s Church, it was important to ensure a modern solution was installed to complement the new facilities and enable a fast and reliable response for the safety of staff and volunteers, together with the wider congregation and, of course, to protect the property itself. Our system offers an effective all-round solution and has been installed with absolutely no impact on the surrounding building.”