Personnel at The Curve have been protected from fire 24/7 during the construction period by Ramtech Electronics’ WES+ wireless alarm system.

Contractor: Morgan Sindall | Project Value: £16.5 million | Project Type: Regeneration | Location: Slough

The Curve is the newly opened Library and Cultural Centre in the heart of Slough. It was delivered by Slough Urban Renewal (a joint venture partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd) with Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure acting as main contractor.

WES+ at The Curve

Morgan Sindall Construction specified WES+ to meet the challenge of providing a robust, cost-effective and EN 54 compliant wireless fire alarm system on this £16.5m project.

There was an overwhelming need for an effective fire alarm system during construction as The Curve is within the confines of an extremely restricted site, making it difficult for fire crews to access quickly. The site is surrounded by the listed medieval St Ethelbert’s church, heavily populated buildings on two sides and a main arterial road into Slough. The consequences of a fire breaking out could have been devastating. For these reasons, as well as Morgan Sindall’s commitment to protect personnel and visitors on-site, the company chose to specify ‘a wireless fire alarm system that met all latest UK and European standards’.

A key requirement for fire alarms is to meet EN 54, in accordance with the publication of Version 9 of The Joint Code of Practice (JCoP). This contains the advice; Components of automatic fire detection and alarm systems should be marked as complying with EN 54 (paragraph 13.8).

WES+ is the only wireless fire alarm to have been specially designed for construction and independently tested, with each and every unit in the system certified to all relevant sections of EN 54.

The WES+ system used at The Curve comprises manual fire alarm call points, automatic detection units and a
Base Station. Ramtech Electronics supplied over 20 push button call points along with heat and smoke detection
units to provide 24/7 coverage across 4,500m2 of floor space. As construction progressed, further units were added, a process that took only a few seconds.

The call points were all interlinked, which means that if just one unit was triggered manually or the automatic detection units sensed heat of smoke, all areas of The Curve would have received the same audible and visual alert signal.

“Having both manual and automatic call points during construction of The Curve provide us with an early warning of fire
during the working day, whilst the heat/smoke detection units ensuring that the site remained protected out of hours.’
said Dan August, Buyer at Morgan Sindall. “We take fire safety on site extremely seriously and were impressed that WES+ had been independently tested to EN 54.”

Dan added; “We have previously used wired fire alarms on site, which meant it often took several hours to reposition the call points as work progressed. This made it very cumbersome compared to the WES+ wireless system which now takes only a few seconds.”

A silent testing facility offered with WES+ enabled mandatory weekly actions to be carried out without disrupting personnel on site or disturbing nearby residents and worshipers in St Ethelbert’s church.

WES+ has a minimum three-year battery life, reducing costs and waste on site. Once a project is complete, the system can simply be transferred to the next site.

The Curve is the first phase of development in a £1 billion regeneration of Slough by Slough Urban Renewal, a local asset-backed vehicle (LABV) between Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd and Slough Borough Council.

WES3 Base Station
The WES fire alarm system Base Station delivers extensive system reporting and configuration functionality for the fire alarm system across your construction site.
It’s wireless and battery powered, so there’s no need for an inflexible fixed, wired control panel – the Base Station has all the reporting functionality you need combined with the mobility and reusability of the rest of the WES product range.
  • includes programming functions, so you can edit site name and SMS numbers directly from your Base Station.
  • System Log records activations and warnings, so you can monitor activity and history across your whole WES system
  • GSM version available, enabling up to 6 users to receive configurable SMS notifications of alarm, tamper or system faults.
  • Access code protection of all system settings and alarm reset for maximum accountability
  • Unit numbering, enabling easy identification of activated units directly from the base station
  • Recent events logged in memory for Health and Safety audit procedures
  • 3-year Battery life, tested under normal usage conditions, reducing lifetime costs and need for constant replacement.
Fire Alarm Call Point
The Fire Alarm Call Point from WES+ is the primary alert unit in the WES+ wireless emergency system range.
The unit incorporates fire alarm sounder, optional strobe alert, and a manual call point for activating the alarm.
Affix units around the site in accordance with your fire plan and they will create a completely secure mesh network, forming a site-wide alarm that can be manually triggered from any call point.
  • Integrated siren and manual call point
  • Optional built-in strobe for high visibility
  • Battery life tested to 3+ years, reducing lifetime costs and need for constant replacement and improving compliance with waste regulations
  • Add, remove and clone units in a few button presses
  • LED fault warning and troubleshooting system
  • Unit numbering to aid pinpointing of triggering unit in the event of an alarm
  • Clear visual identification of activated unit
  • Initiate a silent system test to minimise site disruption
  • Dual Tamper alerts to ensure maximum system integrity
  • Transit mode to allow safe removal and storage without any risk of activation
  • IP rating: IP55C
WES3 Call Point
The Fire Alarm Call Point from WES is the primary alert unit in the WES wireless emergency system range. The unit incorporates fire alarm sounder, optional strobe alert, and a manual call point for activating the alarm.
Affix units around the site in accordance with your fire plan and they will create a completely secure mesh network, forming a site-wide alarm that can be manually triggered from any call point.
  • Integrated siren and manual call point with optional built-in strobe for high visibility
  • Battery life tested to 3+ years, reducing lifetime costs and need for constant replacement and improving compliance with waste regulations
  • Unit numbering to aid pinpointing of triggering unit in the event of an alarm. Add, remove and clone units in a few button presses
  • Transit mode to allow safe removal and storage without any risk of activation
The WES REACT call point features a Medical Alert features which can be raised from any Call point on site. For more information on all features of WES REACT watch the WES REACT Video.
WES3 Detectors
Protect your site round the clock by adding automatic detection units to your WES fire safety solution. These battery powered detectors are easy to install, straightforward to use and can be operational within minutes.
We can supply smoke detectors, heat detectors and dust-resilient smoke detectors.
  • Detection units are silent and connect directly to the WES system to activate the fire alarm system across the site in the event of fire.
  • Minimum 3 years’ battery life, externally tested for normal usage conditions, reducing lifetime cost
  • Activated unit flashes red LED for 30 minutes after activation to enable easy identification
  • Ceiling mounted and suitable for internal use
  • Heat, smoke and dust resistant detector heads available
All units both send and receive radio signals, for maximum robustness of network coverage. Since detection units are incorporated into your WES network, they will they act as an early warning of fire risk to all site staff during the working day and they’ll also make sure that the site remains protected out of hours.
If you add a GSM base station, you can even make sure that security and monitoring personnel receive a text alert if the fire alarm is automatically triggered.
WES3 Interface
The WES fire alarm Interface lets you connect your WES temporary fire alarm to other systems, such as turnstiles, so that you can ensure your emergency systems are working together as efficiently as possible to protect your site.
  • Input: Connect so that the WES fire alarm system can be triggered to sound the alarm by an external system
  • Output: Connect so that the WES system going into alarm triggers an action on the part of an external system, eg auto dialler or access control
Note that the Interface cannot be connected directly to the mains current, and you will need a suitably qualified person to wire together the units.
WES3 Link Unit
The Radio Repeater Link unit is the simple, cost-effective way to extend the range of your WES temporary fire alarm system on very large-scale sites.
Simply connect to your existing WES units, set up on site and the unit will act as a relay to link geographically separated sections of the site together.
  • 3-year battery life, tested under normal operating conditions, reducing lifetime costs and need for constant replacement.
  • Anti-tamper controls to ensure system integrity and compliance
  • Transit mode to allow safe removal & storage without risk of activation
Do I need a link?
Most likely, you’ll never need a radio repeater unit for your WES system – each unit has excellent wireless range already. However, if you do receive a low signal warning, for example if a far-off fire point becomes more obscured as a build progresses and starts to lose signal, you can add a Link unit to boost the signal and make sure your fire alarm system continues to work optimally.
WES+ Base Station
The WES fire alarm system Base Station delivers extensive system reporting and configuration functionality for the fire alarm system across your construction site.
It’s wireless and battery powered, so there’s no need for an inflexible fixed, wired control panel – the Base Station has all the reporting functionality you need combined with the mobility and reusability of the rest of the WES product range.
  • Includes programming functions, so you can edit site name and SMS numbers directly from your Base Station.
  • System Log records activations and warnings, so you can monitor activity and history across your whole WES system
  • GSM version available, enabling up to 6 users to receive configurable SMS notifications of alarm, tamper or system faults.
  • Access code protection of all system settings and alarm reset for maximum accountability
  • Unit numbering, enabling easy identification of activated units directly from the base station
  • Recent events logged in memory for Health and Safety audit procedures
  • 3-year Battery life, tested under normal usage conditions, reducing lifetime costs and need for constant replacement.
WES+ Call Point
The Fire Alarm Call Point from WES is the primary alert unit in the WES wireless emergency system range. The unit incorporates fire alarm sounder, optional strobe alert, and a manual call point for activating the alarm.
Affix units around the site in accordance with your fire plan and they will create a completely secure mesh network, forming a site-wide alarm that can be manually triggered from any call point.
  • Integrated siren and manual call point with optional built-in strobe for high visibility
  • Battery life tested to 3+ years, reducing lifetime costs and need for constant replacement and improving compliance with waste regulations
  • Unit numbering to aid pinpointing of triggering unit in the event of an alarm. Add, remove and clone units in a few button presses
  • Transit mode to allow safe removal and storage without any risk of activation
WES+ Detectors
Protect your site round the clock by adding automatic detection units to your WES fire safety solution. These battery powered detectors are easy to install, straightforward to use and can be operational within minutes.
We can supply smoke detectors, heat detectors and dust-resilient smoke detectors.
  • Detection units are silent and connect directly to the WES system to activate the fire alarm system across the site in the event of fire.
  • Minimum 3 years’ battery life, externally tested for normal usage conditions, reducing lifetime cost
  • Activated unit flashes red LED for 30 minutes after activation to enable easy identification
  • Ceiling mounted and suitable for internal use
  • Heat, smoke and dust resistant detector heads available
All units both send and receive radio signals, for maximum robustness of network coverage. Since detection units are incorporated into your WES network, they will they act as an early warning of fire risk to all site staff during the working day and they’ll also make sure that the site remains protected out of hours.
If you add a GSM base station, you can even make sure that security and monitoring personnel receive a text alert if the fire alarm is automatically triggered.
WES+ Interface
The WES fire alarm Interface lets you connect your WES temporary fire alarm to other systems, such as turnstiles, so that you can ensure your emergency systems are working together as efficiently as possible to protect your site.
  • Input: Connect so that the WES fire alarm system can be triggered to sound the alarm by an external system
  • Output: Connect so that the WES system going into alarm triggers an action on the part of an external system, eg auto dialler or access control
Note that the Interface cannot be connected directly to the mains current, and you will need a suitably qualified person to wire together the units.
WES+ Link Unit
The Radio Repeater Link unit is the simple, cost-effective way to extend the range of your WES temporary fire alarm system on very large-scale sites.
Simply connect to your existing WES units, set up on site and the unit will act as a relay to link geographically separated sections of the site together.
Do I need a link?
Most likely, you’ll never need a radio repeater unit for your WES system – each unit has excellent wireless range already. However, if you do receive a low signal warning, for example if a far-off fire point becomes more obscured as a build progresses and starts to lose signal, you can add a Link unit to boost the signal and make sure your fire alarm system continues to work optimally.
  • 3-year battery life, tested under normal operating conditions, reducing lifetime costs and need for constant replacement.
  • Anti-tamper controls to ensure system integrity and compliance
  • Transit mode to allow safe removal & storage without risk of activation