Notifier by Honeywell top-scores at the Rose Bowl

4th April 2012

Rose bowl by nightThe adoption of a state-of-the-art Notifier system at Hampshire County Cricket's home ground provides an excellent example of the importance of a flexible fire safety response in a modern multi-function public sports facility.

First-class cricket in Hampshire has come a long way in just over a decade. Built in 2000 as the new county ground, Southampton's Rose Bowl recently underwent a further £45 million development as the club looked to reinforce its credentials as a major venue for international Test cricket. As a result, in 2012 it will host one-day internationals against both the West Indies and South Africa.

Ground capacity was increased to seat 25,000 spectators, with the addition of two new stands with hospitality boxes overlooking the ground and additional facilities will include a 175-bedroom, 4-star hotel. The Rose Bowl has also established itself as an important conference centre and has hosted big-name pop concerts, featuring REM, The Who and Neil Diamond.

Fire safety at such a high profile, multi-purpose arena also had to be of the highest international standard. And here, the Notifier by Honeywell system met all the selection panel's tough demands. Two networked ID3000 panels provide fully-integrated fire protection for the whole ground, including the planned hotel. An intelligent digital network solution ensures that complex Cause and Effect rules allow rapid and effective response to any fire-related emergency.

Management of the fire safety system is made much easier for the ground staff thanks to an advanced graphics package, which offers a comprehensive view of the complete system in a simple, easy-to-read manner. In the event of an alarm, they can immediately pinpoint the exact location of the problem and take appropriate action.
This is supported by an integrated voice alarm and public address (VA/PA) system, which allows the Cricket Club to broadcast a wide range of different messages as well as controlling safe, phased evacuation.

The result is that the new fire safety system has quickly established itself as a key member of the team, placing the Rose Bowl firmly on the map as one of the world's leading cricket venues.