Ramtech tunnels further into capital with underground safety contract

WES Fire PointLeading wireless communications specialist Ramtech Electronics is providing essential fire safety on the UK’s biggest ever infrastructure project after being awarded the contract to supply WES on the new underground stations being built as part of the Crossrail scheme.

Crossrail is among the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK, costing £14.8 billion. The project includes construction of nine new underground stations: Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich.

Ramtech is supplying its WES to protect these Crossrail sites, and their thousands of workers, by providing 24 hour fire safety in the stations and linking tunnels. The battery powered units need no power cables and take minimum installation and they use the latest radio technology to allow them to work effectively underground and in tunnels. Should an alarm be triggered a siren will sound with a strobe light. The wireless nature of the systems means they can be moved around the site as the project develops.

The Crossrail project is being delivered by a number of large contractors working as joint ventures including; BAM, Ferrovial, Kier (BFK), Skanska and Costain and BAM, Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci. The stations are due to be fully open and operational in 2018 and aims to improve journey times across London easing congestion and offering better connections.

Paul Henson, Marketing Director at Ramtech said; “It is very exciting to be involved in such an important and high-profile infrastructure project in the UK and to know that we have been entrusted to keep workers on these difficult and high worth sites safe. Sales of the WES system have doubled this year as more and more contractors realise that this product provide hassle-free fire safety on any type of site.”

Since the 2010 launch of WES, Ramtech has sold over 15,000 units and is currently supplying over 70 % of the top 100 construction companies in the UK. WES provides an effective temporary fire system for construction sites and since being launched in 2010 has become an integral part of health & safety practice of many large construction companies.

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