WES+ helps DIY SOS tackle its biggest project to date

Ramtech Electronics’ innovative WES+ wireless fire alarm systems helped protect crew and volunteers on DIY SOS’s largest project to date.DIY SOS

The team from the BBC breathed new life into two derelict streets in East Manchester with the aim of creating new homes and a support centre for war veterans.

At the same time, street scene improvements have provided disabled access parking, a planting scheme has been introduced, and each of the 62 properties received a facelift. The first group of veterans and their families will move in to newly renovated properties at the end of the build and join the existing community.

Screening of the two one-hour programmes will be on BBC One tonight (Wednesday 14 October) and 21 October at 9pm.

WES+ was specified by Kier, which volunteered to manage the whole project, to provide 24/7 site-wide coverage during the building of the large support centre that will form the centre of the community.

Matthew Hall at Kier Stoke said:

“The team from Ramtech Electronics were very helpful and we found the system easy to set up. WES+ was required for the Construction Phase Plan as part of the Fire Safety Plan. I’m happy to report that we didn’t have any fire emergencies during the build but knowing that we had a product we could use wirelessly meant we felt safe in the knowledge that we were prepared for any eventuality.”

Kier and many of the other top UK and European construction firms use Ramtech Electronics’ wireless fire alarm systems on their construction sites because it offers ease of installation and allows rapid repositioning as the build progresses, as well as being fully compliant with EN 54.

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) requires that fire alarm products sold in the EU must be tested and independently certified against Harmonised European standards. In the case of fire detection and fire alarm products, that standard is EN 54.

EN 54 specifies an extremely robust set of tests for each type of unit, which may form part of a fire detection and alarm system. These tests must be undertaken in a fully-approved nominated testing house.

WES+ carries a Declaration of Performance from an independent test house for each type of unit within the system, which shows it fully complies with EN 54. The WES+ fire alarm system used by DIY SOS comprises base station, manual call points as well as automatic smoke and heat detectors for out of hours, 24/7 coverage.

WES+, which is the only wireless fire alarm system to fully comply with the requirements of EN 54, has been used by Kier on a number of other large projects including Crossrail and Heathrow Terminal 5.

“We are delighted to be supporting this very worthwhile DIY SOS project in Manchester,” said Paul Henson, Sales and Marketing Director at Ramtech Electronics. “By choosing our wireless fire alarm system Kier has shown that it places the safety of its employees, volunteers and crew above all else. The use of a fire alarm system is mandatory in completed buildings, so logically it’s appropriate to use them for the higher risk environment of a construction site.”

The aim of the DIY SOS team is to create a housing community for veterans. The advice centre will have a private space for therapy and counselling – run by Walking With The Wounded – and provide a space for community use.

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