20TH ANNIVERSARY The 100th fire alarm control panel, from UK-based manufacturer of intelligent fire systems, Advanced, has been installed on the London Underground.

Advanced is celebrating its 20th year in business with more than 60 tube stations now protected by its fire systems.

First beginning operation in 1863, the London Underground transports five million commuters to 270 stations across the capital each day, serving over a billion passengers a year. The most complex installations are on the Jubilee line, where Stratford has six networked MxPro panels and Waterloo Tube station has five, while the deepest installation is at Hampstead, over 30 metres below ground level.

The complexity of the systems differs from station to station, but all are fully integrated with sprinkler systems and have a device to monitor the escalators, a location of particular importance in terms of fire safety. Many also have a repeater panel, which allows the


FACILICOM UK Dedicated soft services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK, has secured the contract to service multiple Affinity Water sites across the UK. The company is the UK’s largest water-only supplier, providing on average 900m litres of water each day to a population of more than 3.6 million people.

Facilicom will be responsible for the daily and weekly cleaning of 16 Affinity Water sites, including their HQ at The Hub in Hatfield, through to water testing labs and operational sites for engineering, water sourcing and distribution/pumping across Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey.

The contract has also seen 30 employees transfer to Facilicom UK from the previous contractor, who will now benefit from the company’s

fire system to be controlled and monitored from multiple locations within the station.

Approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13, MxPro 5 panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200 panel networks covering huge areas and tens of thousands of field devices. Advanced’s ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range mean that MxPro is customisable to almost any application and it can be found in challenging and prestigious sites around the world.

Amanda Hope, UK Business Development Manager for Advanced, commented: “We have worked closely with the London

people-focussed culture. The cleaning specialist believes that people are their prime asset – this is why they are a Living Wage Foundation Recognised Service Provider, and provide continuous training.

They also offer every colleague access to a 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme helpline, where they can confidentially discuss any issues that might affect their work performance, health and wellbeing.

Peter Buff, Director of Operations at Facilicom UK, commented: ”Like many utility companies, Affinity Water has a diverse and varied portfolio of locations, each with their own requirements and specialist cleaning needs.

“However, we are used to tailoring our services to the different needs of our diverse client base, and will ensure that we have all the systems in place to help keep our staff safe

Underground team to specify the optimum installation for each station. The training and ongoing support that we provide means it is simpler to train staff on each system, and any technical queries can be dealt with rapidly by our remote team.”

As Advanced moves into its 20th year the fire systems manufacturer has established itself in its new, state-of-the-art, 48,000 sq ft base in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The move is essential to satisfy increasing UK and international demand from customers for its life safety products - with turnover increasing past the £20m mark in 2018.

with correct operating procedures, whilst delivering a first-rate service. We’d also like to extend a warm welcome to the 30 employees who have now joined the Facilicom family.” TOMORROW’S FM | 11

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