Fire alarm system for prestigious development


Spring Mews provides luxury lodging for more than 400 students and features excellent social, leisure and academic facilities. The premises includes a cinema, gym, swimming pool, laundry facilities, study/games areas and secure bicycle storage. The development also includes a contemporary 93-bed hotel and various retail spaces. Our challenge was to install a fire alarm system that covered the entire multi-purpose complex.


We were selected by ABCA Systems, as their supplier of choice when tasked with fitting out the prestigious development with a brand new fire alarm system. ABCA Systems chose to install 14 of Eaton’s CF3000, a high specification intelligent addressable control panel, throughout the new facilities.

“We recommended these specific addressable control panels to ABCA Systems due to their sophisticated functionality with simple operation,” explained Mike Slater, Sales Account Manager at Eaton. “Additionally, their aesthetically pleasing design fits in perfectly within the new luxury facilities.”

The CF3000 panels use soft addressing to decrease installation time, as well as the potential for error associated with manual addressing – both of which limit costs for the business owner.

It can operate as a standalone panel or as part of a networked system, offering flexibility and the potential for system expansion to meet the requirements of a developing business. They also feature powerful programming options that allow configurable control over whether messages from specific panels are transmitted around the network or remain local, to avoid unnecessary disruption to other building occupants.

In addition to the panels, an array of fire ancillaries were also installed, including a ‘bell tone’ electronic sounder that was developed specifically for the Spring Mews project.

“The installation process was fast paced and no challenges were encountered during it,” added Philip Miller. “Although we had a few difficulties due to putting a two year programme into one, the panels worked well throughout and Eaton was there every step of the way to ensure everything ran smoothly.”


David Towse, Project Manager at CLS Holdings concludes “The prestigious Spring Mews student accommodation facility has been in full use for a few months now, and Eaton’s addressable control panels have absolutely met the demands of the site. Health and safety is our main priority, and with an Eaton fire system in place we can rest assured that our students, guests and visitors are well taken care of.”

The advantage of an addressable panel, compared with a conventional panel, is that it pinpoints the particular alarm that has been activated, which speeds up the process of detecting the source of a suspected fire.

We’ve worked with Eaton on a number of projects in the past and the support we receive, as well as the solutions offered, are second to none. So when it came to making the decision about which provider of fire systems to use for this new facility, the decision was a very easy one to make.

Philip Miller, Managing Director of ABCA Systems

Addressable control panel: every device in an addressable system has its own unique identifier. This identifier is used to determine the location of a fire, so it can be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Fire ancillaries: any device like an alarm sounder or visual alarm device that is used for fire purposes.

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