Morley-IAS delivers fire protection at Rievaulx Abbey
The earliest possible warning of fire in three buildings of the visitor centre constructed by English Heritage at Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors National Park is provided by a system based around three networked Morley-IAS SX Connexion (DXc) panels from Honeywell. The system serves the museum, shop and tearoom of the visitor for the abbey, which was built by a group of 12 Cistercian monks in 1131.
Rosse Systems, a longstanding Morley-IAS partner, was invited by English Heritage to specify, install and commission a suitable solution and designed a BS 5389-compliant category L1 solution, which is designed to protect life and employs automatic detectors throughout all areas of the three buildings, including roof spaces and voids.
The single-loop DXc1 variant was used. This panel is well suited for use in small to medium-size buildings and is completely open protocol.
Single-point smoke detection was considered the most suitable option, although beam detection was briefly considered. They are System Sensor S200 Advanced optical smoke sensors with a chamber design that improves response and reduces sensitivity to changes in environmental conditions. The devices are managed by embedded software running complex algorithms that further improve resilience to unwanted alarms and improve detection speed.
During installation work, Rosse Systems had to maintain the integrity of the buildings and meet the strict requirements of the architect. Dave Thewlis, the company’s sales director comments, ‘This aspect of the project meant that we had to try to keep the system discreetly sited to maintain the character of the interiors. At times, this was much easier said then done, but thanks to our vast experience of carrying out work in all types of buildings, it was a challenge we relished.’