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Bull Products protects iconic Manchester Town Hall during extensive refurbishment project


Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has installed its Cygnus 1 Wireless Alarm System to protect the scaffolding and renovations at Manchester Town Hall. The Grade 1, listed, heritage building is currently undergoing a four-year refurbishment project.

Built in 1877, the neo gothic town hall sits in the heart of Manchester city centre. A much loved and significant landmark, the town hall has been used for many purposes over the years including council business and events. The refurbishment began to ensure this heritage building was fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

Current work to the extensive building includes replacing the heating, electrics, plumbing and ventilation access and, to carry this out, a huge amount of scaffolding was constructed around its large surface area.

Due to its city centre location, scaffolding made the town hall an easy target for intruders, and contractor WysePower required an alarm system that would provide peace of mind and protection during the works and out of hours. The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System incorporates Scaff Alarm – a unique intruder detection system designed to deter attempted break-ins or access to higher levels of scaffolding.

The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System connects up to 31 PIR detection devices each with a 110-decibel sounder, beacon alarm, and these are linked on a fully wireless mesh that communicates back to a control panel. An auto dialler alerts the site’s security guard to any intruders overnight whilst during the day it provides protection, raising the alarm and alerting site workers to any fires inside the building.

131 Cygnus Wireless Alarm Systems have so far been installed across the site. An additional 76 are due to be installed in the Town Hall’s temporary roof covering whilst repair works are carried out on the original roof, providing a complete external fire and intruder alarm system on site.

Matthew Trigwell, Sales Director at Bull Products says: “We are delighted to be working alongside Wyse Power on this high-profile restoration project. Manchester town hall is an iconic listed building and the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System ensures that Wyse Power’s team has round the clock protection from intruders across this large site. It’s an ideal solution for large scale projects like this one, guaranteeing protection for both people and property.”

Colin Doyle, Electrical Supervisor at WysePower, says: “We have worked with Bull across a number of significant projects and we were confident that they were the perfect partner to supply the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System.

“The clever wireless technology means that the alarm can travel easily across the building’s scaffolding, whilst any fire alarms can also be raised internally. Installation has been quick and easy, providing us with peace of mind that we have a truly reliable solution protecting this heritage site.”

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