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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Plumis Automist used to protect a Grade II listed Gatehouse

Plumis Automist was used to comply with building regulations and to provide unobtrusive fire protection in the Grade II listed Gatehouse Lodge, near Grantham in the Lincolnshire Vales. The Lodge had been rescued recently from dereliction and has been sensitively restored with a mix of original and contemporary features. The system was installed in the kitchen area to the front of the property because the escape route from the 1st floor came down into this small room, meaning that it was not protected as required in Approved Document B

The owners were reluctant to have sprinklers fitted because of the damage to the fabric of the period property and to the new fixtures and fittings the release of water would cause if they were activated. They had looked at the Plumis website and assessed that Automist would perfectly suit their requirements. Newflame Ltd of Peterborough is the Accredited Automist Installer for the region and Richard Scotcher recommended a wall mounted spray-head. 

Automist is a pre-engineered water mist system and uses a high-pressure pump to generate a fine water mist from nozzles. The innovative device uses significantly less water than a sprinkler system, minimising water damage and limiting run-off.  It provides residential fire life protection and can also be mounted stand-alone on a work top or under a tap. It is a simple, retrofit, alternative to sprinklers for full room active fire protection. The device automatically and reliably detects and suppresses incipient fires before they can take hold and cause devastating damage and potential injury or loss of life. The system is activated utilising a heat detector as recommended in Approved Document B, effectively eliminating nuisance alarms. It fits seamlessly into any d├ęcor, which was a distinct advantage for this project where the interior decoration was such a crucial part of the character of the Lodge.

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