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Protection for BBC Monitoring facility

PEL Services has completed the installation of a site-wide Public Address and Voice Evacuation system for BBC Monitoring at Caversham Park.

BBC Monitoring provides a round-the-clock study of TV, radio, press, internet and news agency sources worldwide. It has operated from the Caversham Park site for almost 70 years, although the house itself is closer to 150 years old.

The previous Public Address and Voice Evacuation system was reaching the end of its usable life and no longer served all the areas that have been added in recent years.

PEL was deemed to offer a cost effective solution and was awarded the contract to install a new system throughout the facility, offering the added benefit of its detailed site knowledge, as the company installed a system during refurbishment of the New Operations Room two years previously. Knowing the system would need to be extended site-wide at some point in the future, PEL selected the Bosch Praesideo Public Address and Voice Evacuation system as it not only provided the quality and facilities required at the time but it was readily expandable.

PEL has now extended the Bosch Praesideo system throughout the entire Caversham Park site, incorporating 400 voice alarm loudspeakers across 16 interleaved loudspeaker zones. The system is compliant to BS 5839 Part 8, the code of practice for the design, installation and servicing of voice alarm systems.

Clark Hunter, Building Engineering Supervisor for BBC Monitoring, is pleased with the outcome. He said: "PEL has provided an excellent service and have always been sympathetic to our requirements."

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