New Saatchi Gallery Incorporates State-of-the-Art Fire Protection from Notifier by Honeywell

9th October 2008


FFE Fire and Security selected to install fire detection system for gallery and luxury apartment complex at Duke of York's HQ development. 

Leading Notifier Fire Systems Engineered Systems Distributor, FFE Fire and Security (FFE) has installed full fire safety protection in readiness for the opening of the Saatchi Gallery. The Gallery, housed in the Duke of York's HQ building in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will open its doors to the public for the first time on 9 October 2008.

The prestigious site, acquired from The Crown Estates by Cadogan Estates in 2002, will be the new home for the gallery and includes luxury apartments and a gymnasium. The 50,000 sq ft Saatchi Gallery, which incorporates a bookshop, educational facilities and café/bar, is housed in the renovated HQ building and aims to provide ‘an innovative forum for contemporary art in an ideal viewing environment'.

As part of Phase 1, FFE installed a Notifier ID2000-based fire protection system for the residential mews and right wing of the building complex. Subsequently an ID3000 has been installed in the HQ building, designed to integrate fully with the ‘white box' philosophy of the Gallery in which all the point smoke detection equipment, for example, is invisible to the naked eye.

One-stop solution

In providing the fire safety solution for the shell and core of the building, FFE already had a well-established relationship with Cadogan Estates' mechanical and engineering contractor, Gratte Brothers: the Croydon-based fire safety distributor was also selected by the Gallery's fit-out contractor Knight Harwood as the preferred installer for the Saatchi Gallery installation.

George Willis, Design Director, Gratte Brothers, says: "For such an important and high-profile development, it was essential to have a technically-advanced fire detection system from a proven stable. In meeting our demanding requirements within the additional constraints of the building's listed status, Notifier and FFE have provided the ideal combination of leading-edge technology and first-class service support."

For his part, FFE Sales Director, Neil Ransom has been delighted with the close working relationship already established with the Notifier team in delivering each stage of the project on time. As a result, he also anticipates specifying Notifier equipment for future similar premier developments, "as its advanced ‘one-stop shop' approach provides the flexibility and robustness essential for a broad range of complex and demanding installations."

"The Notifier ID Series is ideally designed for multi-purpose public use such as the new Saatchi Gallery and apartment development," concludes John Simpson, sales manager, UK & Ireland, Notifier by Honeywell. "It sets the highest standards in technical sophistication, functionality and reliability - clearly a priority for the new Saatchi Gallery in particular - and is easy to install and operate."