Near-invisible fire detection for new, prestige offices

Choice among contractors praised for latest phase of 131 Sloane Street fit-out

Choice Fire’s systems expertise came in for praise recently as one of the contract teams engaged in the ongoing fit-out of the new, prestige, mixed use office and retail development that is 131 Sloane Street in West London. The Choice contribution involved is a near-invisible fire detection system.

Sloane St Level 5Global asset management business Marshall Wace has taken tenancy of the entire 43,000sqft, 5-floor office component and the highly demanding, Level 5 phase recently went through successful handover to the tenant. This level includes directors’ suites and meeting and hospitality spaces embodying a very design-conscious specification where the likes of fire detectors were considered too obtrusive to fit the desired environment.

To meet this specification Choice designed and installed an aspirating Vesda (Very Early Smoke Detecting Apparatus) fire detection and alarm system. The Vesda system draws air into a sampling analyser via a network of pipes, within the ceiling and other voids, and capillary intake tubes which, at 10mm diameter, open almost imperceptibly in the ceiling at the positions where traditional fire detectors would be located. Alarm sounders, too, were located in ceiling voids and discrete perforated speaker grills fitted flush with ceiling décor.

The message to the contracted teams noted: “… your continual effort and skill sets have been absolutely pivotal in achieving what is potentially the most impressive project in London for this sector in 2016.”