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Great fire protection for capital's museum

Since 1976 The Museum of London has been offering visitors an insight into the city's history and holds many millions of historical artefacts since 1976.

On the 28th May 2010 five new galleries opened to the public, telling the story of the capital from the 1666 Great Fire of London right up to the present day, at a cost of £20 million. The extensive redevelopment gives easier public access to the many exhibits as well as a new learning centre, cafe and architectural features. It also benefits from a state of the art fire alarm system that employs Prysmian FP Plus cable.

Wessex Fire and Security won the contract to install the fire alarm system in this new museum area. Installations manager, Paul Budden takes up the story: "We have made exclusive use of Prysmian FP for the past five years as we know it is the best product in the marketplace for the work we carry out. Our engineers like it too, as it is quick and easy to install. We chose FP for this particular job and there were no problems with the installation of the cable or its supply."

The project was a complex one, as the Museum had to stay open to the public throughout the nine month redevelopment period. The existing fire alarm had to remain fully functional until the new system was online and despite this the new system was installed on time.

"We decided to work with a network of four Gent Vigilon control panels and a BS5839 Part 8 compliant PA/VA system for the public areas. Into this we installed nearly 20,000 metres of FP Plus cable in the fire alarm panels, addressable loops and voice alarm speaker circuits to and from the voice alarm amplifiers," said Paul.

The Museum of London is now fully open and the new galleries will help communicate London's history, archaeology and contemporary cultures to all those who come through the doors.

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