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De La warr

Full fire protection for heritage building and one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the South East


The task: 

Following a major £8 million restoration and redevelopment programme, the south coast’s famous De La Warr Pavilion asked Sovereign to supply and install a full fire-protection system following a competitive tender process. 

The challenge: 

The large Grade 1-listed modernist building has a 1,000-seat theatre, restaurant, bar and contemporary art gallery. De La Warr Pavilion would need a robust, programmable fire alarm system which could be highly tailored to the venue and enable easy identification of activated devices. 

"It was essential to provide a fire protection system which met all current building requirements including BS5839 certification," says Colin Chadwick, Sovereign’s commercial director. It would be vital to install a fire safety system that was sympathetic to the building’s unusual architecture.

The solution: 

Following a full survey of the premises, consultation with staff and a site assessment, we deployed
our experienced fire safety team to install an intelligent fire alarm system across the entire premises, the Notifier by Honeywell ID2000. [LINK TO FIRE SAFETY RANGE] The system allows automatic shut-off of equipment in the event of a fire and centrally highlights the location of fire within the building. 

"Notifier systems are ideally suited to leisure facilities and public buildings such as the De La Warr Pavilion because they are cost effective, easy to install, and importantly, easy to operate," says Chadwick. 

The outcome: 

Sally Ann Lycett of De La Warr Pavilion says: "Notifier is exactly what we were looking for in terms of providing a high level of protection for visitors, our staff and the magnificent building itself. It combines robustness and reliability with the flexibility required to meet our wide ranging needs."

De La Warr Pavilion subsequently asked Sovereign Alarms to return to provide additional smoke detectors and devices for a new part of the building facilities which opened after the initial project was completed.