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Cladding fire alarms relief fund gets £27m more to help eliminate ‘Waking Watch’

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Government backs Choice-style cladding fire alarm solutions

The UK government has announced a further £27million is now available – from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – as part of the Waking Watch Relief Fund. This is for the provision of fire alarm systems to “help end the scandal of excessive waking watch costs” (government press release quote) being incurred by residents of high rise buildings waiting for replacement of unsafe, fire-risk cladding as a consequence of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. Read more...

Choice Fire project at Grade 2-listed Westminster Chapel

John Salmon / Westminster Chapel from Petty France

Fire alarm system retrofit and re-cable

Choice Fire has completed an upgrade project on the fire alarm system protecting the Grade 2-listed Westminster Chapel, in the heart of central London. Choice worked via electrical contractor Smith & Latimer as part of the main contractor Knight Harwood’s major refurbishment at the Chapel, spanning: DDA access, upgraded services, floor and wall finishes, bespoke joinery screens and a café bar. Read more...

Choice installs radio fire systems to counter high-rise cladding risk

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Multi-site fire protection for premises pending cladding replacement

Choice Fire is working on behalf of a major UK property sales, letting and management company to provide wireless, temporary residential fire detection systems in high-rise blocks where existing exterior cladding requires scheduled replacement as a consequence of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. The total project value to date is circa £1m. These monitored fire systems have been deemed to be more reliable and cost-effective than the use of ‘waking watchmen’ to patrol the entirety of these premises 24/7. Read more...

Act Now if your Fire & Security Signalling Doesn’t Comply with BT’s Update Project!

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Signalling technology must be All IP-compliant

During 2020 British Telecommunications has begun vigorously pursuing its goal to convert its entire traditional UK public telephone (PSTN) network to an internet protocol (IP) based system – known as the All IP project – by 2025. This process has important consequences for businesses and homes which use telephone network-based monitoring of security (intruder alarm/access control/CCTV) and fire alarm systems connected to alarm receiving centres. Some customers may recognise they are involved with this process because they have a BT classification as receiving Special Services via their phone lines. Read more...

It’s time for third-party certification within the UK fire safety sector


Improve safety and recognise reputable fire systems support businesses

Pressure is building towards a change in the UK fire systems market whereby, as with security systems, compulsory third-party certification of fire systems support businesses is being called for. In the light of Grenfell Tower and other tragedies, in July 2020 the government launched an open consultation into the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and published a new Draft Building Safety Bill (as reported by Ifsecglobal). At the same time The National Security Inspectorate has recently argued the case for fire certification in The Parliamentary Review 2020. Read more...

Rapid fire detection project at Regent’s University, London

Tuke Building, Regent's University

Protection for reconfigured roof space in listed 1931 Tuke Building

Choice has completed a fire system replacement within an extensive second-floor refurbishment project in the imposing Tuke Building, at the Regent’s University campus adjacent to London’s Regent’s Park. The work had to be executed in a tight time window between academic sessions during the summer of 2019. Read more...

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