Case Study

Bournemouth Pier

Installation and commissioning of a new fire alarm system at Bournemouth Pier.
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About Project:

The first seaside piers were designed in the 1810s becoming a major landmark for visitors by sea and land. In 1856 a 100ft wooden jetty was completed on Bournemouth beach, in 1880 the mayor of London officially opened the new Bournemouth Pier, the structure cost £21,600.

The pier is set in the middle of ten miles of golden sand, surrounded by stunning views from every angle, with views of the bay, Isle of Wight and the Purbeck hills. Bournemouth Pier open 7 days a week entertains over half a million visitors every year. The Pier is a very popular attraction in Bournemouth.

The pier is home to several attractions, there is an amusement arcade at the pier entrance with young children’s rides, multiplayer video games and an arcade. There are also several shops, cafés, and restaurants nearby. In 2014 a new adventure attraction opened, called Rock reef indoor adventure filled with an ariel obstacle course, climbing walls, vertical slides and much more. Furthermore, Bournemouth Pier is home to the world’s first pier to shore zip wire, the first of its kind and an experience not to be missed.

Tasked with supplying and installing a Hybrid L1 EMS Fire Alarm System, L1 providing automatic fire detection to be installed in all areas of a building. We installed and commissioned the new EMS fire alarm system, category L1 for the Pier arcade, Pay booth, Rock reef, Pier café and Bar Aruba. This job was carried out by several of our installation engineers working together as a team, our senior engineer took ownership of this project communicating effectively with the team and producing an outstanding installation.

Following the installation, we also supplied, installed, and commissioned a graphical LED zonal matrix mimic panel adjacent to the fire alarm panel in the pier amusements entrance, allowing fire alarm zone indication with LEDs on the zone plan graphic, this was installed in a weatherproof GRP enclosure with clear lockable doors.

Aside from the installation, we are also responsible for maintaining and servicing Bournemouth Pier, Rock reef, Pier café and Bar Aruba. We have an ongoing contract with the council to service the Intruder alarm and fire alarm system, making sure they are compliant with current standards and safe for all to enjoy.



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