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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Automist fire protection for prestigious development

Plumis-Automist the innovative watermist fire suppression solution has been installed in a prestigious London development as an aesthetic, lower cost, lower risk alternative to sprinklers and all the parties involved are delighted with the installation.

In the heart of Marylebone Village, 18 Marylebone High Street is said to be one of the world’s most exclusive locations. The development of 5 spacious flats with extensive balconies and external terraces arose from the conversion of an old commercial building. But of course Building Control had to be consulted and complied with, just as in a less prestigious project. Elite Fire Safety Ltd of Dartford in Kent was called in to provide fire protection by Design Coalition for their client the Vigo Group who was undertaking the conversion. Neil Perring, Elite’s Managing Director had to communicate and negotiate with the Building Control company Quadrant to obtain approval and recommended an innovative product to meet the requirements of Approved Document B.

Automist, manufactured by Plumis, is the first active fire suppression system to provide a more affordable alternative to sprinklers, whilst completely satisfying the demands of fire regulations and designers alike. Automist uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water mist from nozzles mounted under a standard tap and provides residential fire and life protection without the drawback of excessive water discharge associated with sprinklers. Dependent upon layout and suppression requirements the innovative system allows nozzles to be mounted on work tops or neatly in a bespoke wall mounted unit. There is no need for wiring or complicated pipework hence design and aesthetics are not compromised – vital in this prestigious development.

Most of the flats in Marylebone High Street were fitted with a single nozzle system, but the 4th floor flat was fitted with a 2 nozzle system due to its size and the complexity of its escape route.

The Vigo Group were delighted with Elite’s recommendation and have subsequently invited the Dartford company to work on a further conversion site at Endford Street, in Central London. Neil Perring owes much of the success of the Marylebone High Street project to Automist. “Without the design flexibility that Automist offers, the development would have been less aesthetically attractive and also more costly because there would have been much more disruption caused by the installation of pipework and wiring. We definitely plan to use Automist in the future for projects where the demands of Building Control and aesthetic considerations are both paramount.”

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