Multi Alarm GB continues its dominance in providing fire protection to many of Bristol’s famous public buildings and has now gone maritime as well!

Bristol, an ancient city and port, was badly damaged by bombing raids in the 1940’s and the rebuilding programmes of the 1950’s were not always carried out sympathetically. Many famous landmarks were demolished. Those that are left are now fiercely guarded for posterity and to provide a memory of the city’s heritage. Bristol, world-renowned for its cigarette and cigar production, Harveys sherries and more recently for the Concorde supersonic airliner, is now a thriving commerical centre with many financial services companies having relocated to the city.

College Green is home to the Council House, the Cathedral, the Library and the Museum nearby. All are Heritage sites and are protected by Multi Alarm GB using our MultiIFAX control equipment. Now, the company has been entrusted to provide fire protection systems to the SS Great Britain moored in the historic harbourside, an area which is being converted into a marina and high-value apartment complex.

Isambard Kingdom BrunelThe SS Great Britain was the world’s first iron-hulled steam-powered ocean passenger liner. She was built and launched in Bristol in 1843, the work of the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. She is the forerunner of ALL modern ships. After a very colourful history she was eventually beached and left abandoned in the Falkland Islands in 1937. Thanks to the dedicated work of enthusiasts she was towed back across the Atlantic in 1970 and placed in the very dry dock in Bristol from which she was launched and has become a huge tourist attraction. Restoration work continues under an ambitous development costing some £10.5 million that has provided extensive visitor centre facilities. Multi Alarm GB provides fire detection systems for the whole complex.
SS Great Britain artists impression     

The most innovative aspect of the conservation plan is the construction of a glass plate at the ship’s water line, This forms the roof of a giant airtight chamber surrounding the ship’s lower hull. Beneath the glass plate moisture is removed from the air using special dehumidification equipment. In this dry environment, the hull will no longer corrode.

The glass plate is covered with a thin layer of water, so that the ship appears to be floating at anchor. Visitors are able to descend via a lift beneath the glass plate and into the dry dock, where the ship’s vast, curved flanks rise above them.
SS Great Britain artists impression

To help visitors appreciate this ship’s unique place in history, a new Visitors’ Centre has been developed in the dockside buildings. It is packed with massive original artefacts such as the ship’s main yard and mast top, brought back to life using modern technology, so visitors can have a go at reefing and furling the sails, steering the ship into safe harbour or panning for gold. Ramps that guide visitors through this building also take them back in time through phases of the ship’s dramatic history, right back to her launch in 1843. By the time they enter the ship over a bridge at the upper deck level, visitors will be able to imagine themselves as Victorian travellers about to embark on a new journey.

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Another example of Multi Alarm GB working to ensure that everything is “Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion” !