InstallationNews Building services firm insists on Aico smoke alarms

E7 Building Services, which has been delivering building services for over 60 years, fits Aico Smoke Alarms solely throughout all residential properties, considering them to be “the best and most reliable equipment on the market”.


7 Building Services undertakes projects up to £3m in value across the South Midlands, North

London and Home Counties using its own qualified engineers with a testing team providing support for bespoke main works and special projects. Terry Parrish, Technical Services Manager, explains: “We

exclusively fit Aico smoke and heat alarms in all of our domestic properties, the majority of which are design and build. These are flats and individual properties and many of our flats are covered by BS5839-1 systems in the communal areas. “Any other projects we tend to insist on Aico. We fit Aico devices in all our domestic developments because in my opinion they are the best and most reliable equipment on the market. I can’t remember ever being called back to a property where an Aico device has gone wrong and we have been constantly using Aico devices for around 20 years.” The company mostly uses Aico’s Ei160e Series of mains

powered alarms with a 10-year rechargeable Lithium cell back-up. Delivering the highest level of protection for BS 5839-6 Grade D applications, Ei160e Optical and Heat Alarms are resistant to false alarms, easy to install, have a

Aico smoke alarms are the alarms of choice for E7 Building Services.

clean, modern design and are compatible with existing Aico alarms and accessories. The Ei160e Series alarms are also compatible with RadioLINK+ technology for whole system data extraction and wireless alarm interconnection. E7 Building Services is keen to stay up to date with latest

developments and has visited Aico’s Centre of Excellence in Oswestry, Shropshire. Adds Terry: “Personally I found the smoke chamber testing the most interesting part, but it is all a great experience. We look forward to seeing the new technology currently being promoted by Aico and can’t wait to use this on some of our projects.” The Centre of Excellence is a purpose built training, meeting and demonstration facility incorporating the latest Audio Visual facilities. It has recently doubled in size, with a large training room for up to 20 people. The Centre is also home to ‘Ember Place’, a furnished bungalow with Aico alarms and accessories fitted to help educate visitors on common fire risks and promote correct alarm siting. For more information call 01691 664100, email or visit:

Ellis doubles up for Belgian energy order

Centaur cable saddles designed and manufactured by leading cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis, have been installed to secure two separate high voltage (HV) cables in a power tunnel in the West Flemish region of Belgium.


he Stevin project, which when complete will feed the Belgian interior with wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy

generated in this coastal region of the country, is being undertaken by Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator, Elia. The renewably sourced power is carried through the tunnel by Nexans and Silec 380KV/3,000 megawatt cables, which are installed on opposite sides of it and secured by Ellis’ Centaur saddles. Tony Conroy, Ellis’ Global Sales Director, said: “Stevin is a huge project

for Belgian power generation, and one that really does enhance the country’s standing in terms of the availability and consumption of renewable energy. “Therefore, having our products specified for such a vital element of such a high-profile project bears testament to both the work being carried out by our local distributor, NBR Nussbaumer and the reputation we've earned over the years as the experts when it comes to cable cleats and the protection of cables in short-circuit scenarios.” Ellis’ Centaur cable saddles are heavy-duty, extruded aluminium saddle cleats that were initially designed and developed by the company in response to a serious safety issue surrounding the restraint of high voltage cables up to 400kV with a diameter range of 100 to 160mm. They have been used extensively in power tunnel projects, including the London Power Tunnels project, the Woodhead Tunnel in the Peak District National Park and the Venda Nova III Cable Tunnel in Portugal.

Centaur cable saddles securing Nexans and Silec HV cables in the Stevin project, Belgium. “The Centaur cable saddle is the kind of innovation we pride ourselves

on,” continued Tony. “We designed, developed and tested it at a time when there was nothing on the market guaranteed to secure cables of the size being used in the Stevin project, and have since seen it develop into the first choice product for power tunnel installations around the world.” For information on Ellis and its Centaur cable saddles call 01944 758395 or visit: March 2018 electrical wholesaler | 13

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