The group moved its headquarters to a development in Donegall Square East in Belfast in 2000. The building required a life cycle replacement of its existing fire alarm system, which had been in service for 18 years, along with additional detection as necessary to validate L1 coverage.
The development was created around the façade of an old Methodist church consisting of a reinforced concrete frame with flat slab floor construction including a double storey basement.
In order to cause the least amount of disruption to staff, the work was all carried out after-hours and at weekends over a 12-week period, while also making sure the system was fully functional and all work areas clean and tidy for staff coming in the next day.
Aramark Ireland was selected by Ulster Bank to perform the role of main contractor for the works. Following a tender process, Ashdale Engineering was appointed to replace the existing closed protocol fire alarm system and PAVA system.
The Apollo devices chosen included optical smoke detector, heat detectors, multisensors, manual call points and interfaces. Covering a range of areas from open plan offices, carpark, plant rooms, kitchens and canteen, SOTERIA met the customers’ expectations to minimise the risk of false alarms and provide a future proof system.
A total of 645 optical detectors, 89 heat detectors, 24 multisensors, 83 manual call points and 78 interfaces combine to provide the solution for Ulster Bank. All controlled by a fire panel from Advanced.