Intelliclad’s internal fire alarm system is designed to remove the need for waking watch patrols, and has recently been installed in two apartment buildings in the UK. IFSEC Global finds out more about the fire detection system.
The 38 apartment Interchange building in West Croydon has become the first building in the UK to have the new Intelliclad system installed in a bid to boost resident safety as the wait for cladding remediation works continue, followed by the 33 apartment St Chad’s building in Plymouth.
By having this installation carried out alongside implementation of Intelliclad’s internal fire alarm system – which conforms with BS 5839-1 L5 guidance – the buildings have been able to remove the need for waking watch patrols.
Residents at The Interchange will now save £460 a month in waking watch bills until remediation is carried out, with the cost of installation covered by the Waking Watch Relief Fund.
Natasha Charlton, Assistant Property Manager at Hudson and Kimm Block Management, which manages the building, said “The occupants and leaseholders at The Interchange have commented that they do feel a lot safer in their homes and environment following the installation of Intelliclad.
“The waking watch did not provide occupants/leaseholders with the same reassurances.”
When asked how Intelliclad engaged with the residents of the building – a measure that will be of increasing importance as a result of the Building Safety Bill requirements – a spokesperson said: “We sent a letter out to residents to ensure them of the need for external fire detection, sensitive to the fact that this obviously could cause some concern, which we tried to address ahead of time.
“It was imperative that they understood our reason for entering their apartments for access to balconies, and why detection on their balconies was required. Interaction with residents during the install was good opportunity for explaining what our system does and why it is needed, and the dangers of not being aware of the fire risk on those balconies.”
A third internal and external installation is currently being carried out at a mixed-use building in Bournemouth – where the ground floor is a local library, with 24 flats above it.
The Intelliclad fire alarm system
Intelliclad’s system is said to be unique, due to the fact that alarms are installed into the combustible external façade of high-risk buildings to detect early symptoms of a fire.
Darron Brough, Intelliclad’s Managing Director, said: “Years of hard work and experience has gone into creating Intelliclad and these installations signal the start of a new era of building safety.
“The scope of this tragic scandal is becoming more and more concerning each day. We are proud to be able to play a small part in making people feel safer in their homes as they await cladding remediation – we need the support of those in power to be able to do this on the scale necessary to facilitate real change.”