Notifier Provides Full Fire Protection for New Centre Court at Wimbledon

26th October 2009

Powerpoint Fire Systems Ltd and Notifier by Honeywell extend fire safety solution to meet needs of Centre Court retractable roof and new No. 2 Court.

Burgess Hill, Sussex, 26 October 2009: In one the most revolutionary developments in the 123-year history of the Wimbledon Championships, Centre Court crowds will now see continuous play whatever the weather, thanks to its spectacular new retractable roof. Less visible perhaps but equally importantly, they also benefited from the very latest in fire safety solutions, thanks to a Notifier by Honeywell-based system developed and installed by Notifier Engineered Systems Distributor (ESD), Powerpoint Fire Systems.

For the enlarged Centre Court, which forms the centrepiece of a multi-million pound redevelopment programme at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the Notifier system was designed specifically to meet the unique needs of the new 3,000 tonne roof, which incorporates 14 air handling units.

The new solution incorporates four Notifier ID3000 intelligent 8-loop control panels and includes a combination of aspirator and conventional point smoke detectors throughout the roof complex, in order to provide early warning of any problem.

The Notifier system was tested successfully as part of the pre-Wimbledon Centre Court Celebration event in May and subsequently proved trouble-free throughout the 2009 Championships, including when the roof was closed as a result of rain on the opening day of the tournament.

At the same time, Powerpoint Fire Systems installed an ID 3000-based solution in the rebuilt No 2 Court, which was also used for the first time at this year's Championships.

All-court protection

The new developments are fully integrated with the existing Notifier intelligent fire system which protects the rest of the Wimbledon complex.

The individual control panels are networked over 2.5km of fibre optic cable using Notifier's ID2net ultra high-speed Intelligent Digital Delivery Network, which transmits an alarm across the network in less than half a second. The modular Notifier UniNet-ID also provides a complete monitoring and control facilities management system via an easy to use and learn graphical user interface.

"The flexibility and robustness of Notifier's ID 3000 fire protection system make it ideal for large public arenas such as Wimbledon," confirms John Brewer, director, Powerpoint Fire Systems.

Wimbledon's buildings and services manager, John Cox agrees and adds: "Notifier and Powerpoint continue to provide us with the ideal combination of a reliable, future-proof fire safety solution backed up by first-class consultancy and maintenance support."