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A sound solution from SE Controls for The Recording Rooms student accommodation

using an integrated smoke and heat exhaust ventilation system from SE Controls to provide smoke free escape routes for more than 250 students. Located in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham near the university campus, the £12.5 million building was designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects and incorporates 267 bed spaces in five different room styles including cluster en-suite, studio apartments and even a penthouse, as well as a gym and communal lounge. Within the Recording Rooms, which takes


its name from the recording studio that was originally located on the site, there are three individual zones, ranging from three to seven storeys high, with each having a dedicated smoke control system linked to the building’s master BMS and fire protection system. The SE Controls system is designed to

he Recording Rooms, one of Birmingham University’s newest student accommodation blocks, is

Controls OS2 SHEVTEC Controllers linked to the OSLoop Control System. The seven-storey zone incorporates two

protect the building’s four stairwells and corridors on each floor, by keeping them free of smoke and enabling clear escape routes to be maintained in the event of a fire. Two of the zones, which are three and four

storeys high, each has an escape stair core protected by automatically operated side hung windows on each floor and automatic opening vents (AOV) at the head of the stairs. The systems in each zone are operated by SE

escape stairs, which combine a mechanically ventilated smoke shaft with natural smoke ventilation, incorporating automatically operated smoke doors, and side hung windows, as well as AOVs at the head of stairs and tamper proof MCPs. Michael Scrimshaw, Business Development Manager for SE Controls explained: “The design of the building meant that it was essen- tial to provide effective smoke control in each of the different multi-storey zones. We have a significant amount of experience in code compliant and fire engineered solutions for student accommodation. By combining both mechanical and natural smoke ventilation, we were able to deliver a solution that fully utilises the advantages of both technologies to provide a safe environment for students.”

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