Protecting a COVID-19 Facility in Glasgow

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30.04.2020, 18:21

Protecting a COVID-19 Facility in Glasgow

Gas suppression panels from Kentec Electronics are protecting staff and patients at the Louisa Jordan NHS Facility Glasgow on COVID-19 treatment centre, the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

Fire safety contractor, Vipond Fire Protection Ltd., installed a fire safety system comprising seven Sigma XT gas suppression panels and 32 detectors located within the electrical room that serves the 10,000m2 facility.  

The Sigma XT releasing panel provides three initiation circuits as standard, which means the release of the extinguishant can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to allow specific and controlled activations. It also features a large LED display, simplifying configuration and displaying the time remaining until release for added user safety.

Gary White, Fire Alarm & Gas Suppression Manager at Vipond Fire Protection Ltd, says: “Kentec is known for reliability and customers find its panels are easy to use and configure. And with time being a major factor in this installation, speed was critical.


“As Kentec is a UK manufacturer, we knew panels would not have to be imported and as a long-standing customer, we also knew they would do everything needed to ensure panels were delivered on time. Despite working around the Easter weekend, we were able to install on schedule.”

Kevin Swann, Kentec managing director, adds: “The Sigma XT range is well suited to major healthcare facilities for its capacity, robust reliability and our brand’s signature intuitive user interface. It is testament to the skill, expertise and planning that Vipond were able to install in such a short time period and we are extremely pleased to have been able to support them in their mission.

“The installation acts as an excellent example of how manufacturers and installers within the fire industry are working together, in line with Covid-19 regulations, to ensure that essential installation and maintenance of fire systems can go ahead.”

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Staff Reporter covers the latest news, trends and opinion from the facilities management (FM) and corporate real estate (CRE) sectors. The FM market is currently estimated to be worth USD 1 trillion annually and is projected to grow at a compounded annualised rate of approximately 5% between now and 2026.

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