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Client: Macphie
Project length: 6 Weeks
Project value: £44k +
Completion date: May 2022
HF divisions involved: Fire & Security

Brief project description: Our Fire & Security division were commissioned to install a new Fire Alarm System and Intruder Alarm System for the MacPhie food factory in Glasgow.

The client requested a P1 grade Addressable Fire Alarm System to be designed and installed for the protection of production facility.  This new fire alarm system was installed to cover the ground floor and first floor offices, the attic space above the main factory production areas as well as all of the additional outbuildings on the site.

Linked to this fire alarm system in the main building was a new aspirating alarm system that provides coverage across the entire production area – nearly 1700m²! This aspirating smoke detector system (FAAS System) was designed to also cover their blast freezer which operates at -25°C.

The fire alarm system included a main control panel with 3 loops connecting over 150 devices including the aspirating system with two dual channel FAAST units, each with 4 detection zones set up to provide complete coverage of the main production hall.

Finally we installed a Grade 2 level of Intruder Alarm System.  Grade 2 alarm systems offer an additional level of security over Grade 1 systems thanks to more sophisticated technology and are a more reliable set up. Grade 2 alarms offer more of a challenge for burglars who posses some level of experience and knowledge in what they are doing.  Grade 2 alarm systems protect against multiple entry points in a building and are far more suitable for many commercial properties such as this.

Project Challenges:
Installing the aspirating smoke detector system across the production area and blast freezer was a design challenge.  However, as ‘A Company Well Connected’, we were able to draw on the experience and skills of our Mechanical division and their commercial freezer installation work to design an aspirating system that would work properly through these areas.

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The HF Group of companies offers clients an unsurpassed level of genuinely in-house capabilities and senior-level hands-on management from initial planning to final handover. For our customers, it gives them the opportunity to tap into a wide range of services and a team of consultants with a skills base and command of technologies which are second to none. We have diversified and developed abreast of industry advancements and have grown into a group of world-class companies leading the way in next-generation technologies; and all with a family continuity at management level which is rarely seen. Faced with today’s business challenges – recessions, pandemics, takeovers and mergers, this is testament to HF’s truly outstanding approach.

Hugh M Fulton – Group Chairman says:

“Experience shows. Our strong ‘family’ system is based on cohesion, flexibility and communication. We have a proven track record of delivering results and a truly quality service.”

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