• Hurley House Hotel, Berkshire

    Hurley House Hotel is a boutique hotel located close to Henley-on-Thames, boasting ten beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms, an elegant fine-dining restaurant, and an outside terrace surrounded by apple trees and landscaped gardens.Darke & Taylor was asked to design, install and commission a fire detection and alarm system that was fully compliant with the strict regulations in place for hotels.

    Hurley House Hotel, Berkshire

Challenges

Boutique hotel: No expense had been spared in transforming a previously rundown 18th century pub into a unique destination experience. Consequently, the external finish and presentation was of utmost importance.

Sleeping risk: Since this was a hotel as well as a restaurant, the fire alarm system had to provide both smoke and fire detection whilst also offering an audible and a visual indication of alarm condition.

Integrated excellence: Modern building management systems are complex pieces of machinery, with high-tech connectivity and requiring specialist knowledge to integrate with other systems.

Solutions

Sympathetic installation: The control panel needed to be located in the main hotel reception area. To blend in with the high-quality interior, D&T fitted the control panel flush to the wall within a stainless steel enclosure.

British Standards and beyond: BS 5839-1:2013 provides recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in and around non-domestic buildings. As an accredited BAFE member, D&T fits to BS standards as a minimum guide, and in this case, going above and beyond.

Cause & effect: In the design phase, D&T ensured that the fire alarm could interface with other safety systems and building services. This meant that, in an emergency, other systems would automatically kick in (e.g. smoke extraction systems) or shut down (e.g. gas supplies).

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“No expense had been spared in transforming a previously rundown 18th century pub into a unique destination experience. Consequently, the external finish and presentation was of utmost importance”.

Technical overview

The fire alarm detection devices installed were multi-sensor smoke and heat detection units, complete with a sounder and beacon. Resettable manual call points were fitted adjacent to each emergency exit and at all changes of level as outlined in BS5839 part 1 2013.

The fire alarm was connected to a number of external services via input/output units. Upon activation, this enabled audio systems to be turned off, gas services shut down, and smoke extract systems activated. Each of the functions could be programmed to respond to varying levels of fire alarm activation.

Project details

CLIENTHurley House Hotel
PROJECT DURATION1 year

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