Cardiff apartments comply with BS 8629 thanks to installation of EvacGo
19 July 2021
TWO SEVEN-storey residential apartment buildings in Cardiff Bay are now protected by evacuation alert systems supplied by Advanced. The EvacGo panels have been installed to meet the criteria set out in the BS 8629 Code of Practice for evacuation alert systems for use by Fire and Rescue Services in England and Wales.
Situated in the Tiger Quay development, Roath House and Queen Alexandra House are a mix of 73 social and market-rented one- and two-bedroom apartments managed by Trivallis, one of Wales’ largest housing associations. Trivallis appointed Cardiff-based Tremorfa Ltd to complete the installation, requesting that Advanced’s EvacGo solutions be installed to ensure both residential buildings met the BS 8629 recommendations.
Advanced supplied two EvacGo systems to Tremorfa Ltd that are expandable from four to eight evacuation zones. The two systems have been installed alongside a combined total of 63 sounders to provide audible warning to building occupants in the event of an emergency.
Graham Smart, fire and security installation manager at Tremorfa Ltd, said: “Having installed Advanced solutions for a number of years now, we knew that we could depend on the evacuation alert system to meet the requirements of BS 8629. The systems in both apartment buildings are now performing as required. We will now be looking to complete the installation of further EvacGo systems at Trivallis’ properties.”
Evacuation alert control and indicating equipment (EACIE) is now strongly recommended in England and Wales for all new tall residential buildings and is mandatory in Scotland. The EACIE must operate completely independently of fire detection systems and be designed to support any evacuation strategy chosen by the Fire and Rescue Service.
Ken Bullock, business development manager for evacuation alert systems at Advanced, explained: “We’re seeing a rapid growth in interest in evacuation alert systems from local housing authorities and private landlords eager to ensure that the safety measures installed in their tall residential buildings meet the latest regulations. EvacGo has been built using our MxPro 5 fire panel technology and, in developing our solution to meet the BS 8629 Code of Practice, we’ve consulted with fire industry experts involved in developing the British Standard.”
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