Multi Alarm awarded M Shed fire detection contract

M Shed protected by Multi Alarm GB

M Shed

The newly opened M Shed Museum, Bristol’s own dedicated museum of the city’s history, has awarded its fire safety contract to Multi Alarm GB. The contract was to supply, commission and maintain the fire detection system based on Apollo fire detection technology.

M Shed museum was made possible with a £11.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and gives a unique view on the dynamic history of the city. Based in a former 1950’s harbourside transit shed, the museum has maintained the classic look of the building along with many of its surrounding features. The original M Shed was designed to transfer and store goods coming in from the busy docks. The three iconic cranes, designed for unloading the ships, have all been restored and are an impressive visual feature in front of this unique museum.

Inside the building, M Shed has three permanent galleries covering 6000m2. The galleries, named Bristol People, Bristol Places and Bristol Life, are also accompanied by a rooftop gallery, a learning suite, a maintenance and conservation workshop, a café and gift shop.

We are very pleased to include M Shed in our list of other Bristol heritage contracts, including the Bristol Museum, Bristol Cathedral and the SS Great Britain. To meet the strict stipulations of BS5839 L1 fire protection requirements we opted to combine our technology with Apollo’s leading edge ‘Discovery’ fire detection products. Around 350 Apollo Discovery devices were installed throughout the museum, controlled by a Multi Alarm 4 loop IFAX panel. The unique size and shape of the museum required a complex setup of detectors. The primarily fire detection system links in with two other systems. An aspirating smoke detection system installed to protect the building’s large ceiling voids and an existing IFAX analogue addressable system already protecting the museum’s storage area next door.

Derek Cooper, our surveyor at Multi Alarm, said: “A system was required that would allow mode changes to be made from the panel. This will enable the fire system to be adjusted to take account of activities in the museum workshop and working exhibits, such as steam trains, which may otherwise affect the reliability of the fire detection. We recommended Apollo’s Discovery detectors as they have been fully approved to operate in five different response modes.”