Category 2 Apartment Block Sprinkler Installation
The Old Post Office
This project was an existing Grade II listed former post office building in Warrington that was being converted into high end luxury apartments for a boutique aparthotel.
Our client on this was Future Power Systems Ltd who are a mechanical contractor based in Wakefield, Yorkshire. They were working for the main fit out company Priestly Homes. Due to the building's height, age and usage, building control had specified that a sprinkler system would be required to enhance the life safety protection of the tenants.
The enquiry for the project came through from Future Power Systems who we had contacted via email to see if they had any upcoming projects that would require a CAT 2 sprinkler system. The works for fire sprinklers were installed in all of the 21 apartments across the first and second floor of the building and would require a designated sprinkler pump and tank which was installed by Base.
With this project, we initially had to complete a site visit with our tank manufacturer as the sprinkler tank was to be located in the loft space where there had previously been several large water tanks.
Once this was determined, we completed our sprinkler designs in accordance with the electrical lighting layout and architects plans.
We began installation in February 2022 by sub-contractors who started on the first floor before continuing with the second floor installation around a month later. The sprinkler tank was then delivered and installed before we completed our final connections and testing. The challenges we faced on this project was agreeing the correct position of the tank in the loft space due to the size and weight of the tank. We had several meetings with the client and structural engineer to agree on the best way to achieve what was needed and eventually agreed with the client and structural engineer on the final position.
The system was completed and commissioned in November 2022 with a final installation count of 55 heads. We commissioned the system in the presence of a Future Power Systems foreman who signed off the works. The system was under warranty for the next 12 months in which Base will provide ongoing support with any issues the client may have during that period.
Base PM Chris Murphy said, ‘The Old Post Office was our first project with Future Power Systems who we have since built a very good working relationship with. We were very happy with the final installation and the photos of the new apartment look great!’
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