22 Bishopsgate, London, VA & EVC Project

22 Bishopsgate, London – The Systems:

Touch screen control VOICE ALARM:

  • 70 Eclipse4 units
  • Two networked VIGIL3 voice alarm racks
  • 66 paging zones
  • Six voice alarm messages

Emergency Voice Communication (EVC) System:

  • OmniCarePLUS system
  • Three 127-way control panels
  • Over 300 outstations

About the Project:

One of the newest – and very impressive – developments in the City, 22 Bishopsgate offers visitors retail, work and restaurant space over 60 floors. It is actually the tallest building in the City of London.

A flexible solution was required for this project, to include life safety communication for the entire building. At the forefront of the design was the need for a plan for phased evacuation using the life safety systems. The VIGIL3 voice alarm and OmniCare emergency voice communication systems were quoted for the project due to their reliability and capability.
The project required a new voice alarm and EVC systems which were specified and installed by PHF Fire. The EN54 certified VIGIL3 voice alarm includes 70 space-saving, wall-mounted Eclipse4s and two floor standing racks, networked around the building. The voice alarm network is accessed by the touch screen control microphone, with its user-friendly NFC card sign-in option.
The EVC system solution, OmniCarePLUS, includes fire telephones, combined fire telephones with disabled refuge outstations, disabled toilet alarms, advanced disabled refuge outstations and standard disabled refuge outstations. These made up the remaining call points on the system, a lot of which were in a stainless steel finish, to match the high quality aesthetic of the building.
Installed by PHF Fire, Baldwin Boxall worked together with the team to aid in the design and commissioning of the systems.

Sam Faulkner, Maintenance Manager at PHF Fire commented, “Baldwin Boxall was specified alongside other companies. However, the level of support that Baldwin Boxall gives throughout the project, from start to finish, set them apart from the competition.”

Chris Hartup, Sales Manager at Baldwin Boxall said, “This new build project called for a very capable, reliable and professional fire alarm contractor and with the contract being awarded to PHF Fire, they certainly got that. Due to limited floor space, the Eclipse4s were installed into riser cupboards within the building, providing further redundancy to the end user.
PHF Fire had a fantastic, positive relationship, not only with their client but also with their whole supply chain. We had many meetings and presentations on site with the whole 22 Bishopsgate team.
It was a great experience to be involved in this project and with PHF Fire throughout.”