Historic building benefits from new fire system

Posted On 20 Jul 2017
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A fire system from Advanced has been chosen to protect The Hippodrome arts centre, a newly opened community hub housed in an historic listed building in Eyemouth.

Managed by a community interest company, The Hippodrome provides as an arts centre and performance space for the local community. The landmark 1830s building was originally a granary and went through various uses, most recently as a Fisherman’s Mission, before closing in 2012.

The installation of the new fire system was undertaken by the team at Advanced partner Safe Services, who specified the MxPro 5 fire panel from Advanced.

Graeme Millar, spokesperson for Safe Services, said: “An open-protocol system was specified for the installation and, having used Advanced systems in the past, we knew their panels would be ideal for the gallery at Eyemouth.”

The MxPro 5 panel installed at the Eyemouth Hippodrome is a single loop system that covers the entire ground floor and roof space of the building, which stages music, theatre and other performances, together with art courses and workshops. A pop-up cafe in the building, which was nicknamed ‘The Hippodrome’ by the fishermen who used to socialise there, offers a meeting and event space for visitors and the local community.

Ian Tod, owner of the Eyemouth Hippodrome, commented: “As well as a tourist attraction, the Hippodrome is an important venue that locals use year-round, so it’s essential that we have a reliable and effective fire system that’s adaptable for future expansion or upgrades.”