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Safety equipment Case study – David Wilson Homes, Newbury


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WES HOTSPOT is a technology that has recently been installed across a £100m development at Newbury Racecourse by David Wilson Homes in a project comprising ten separate blocks totalling 366 apartments. Most of these are being offered for private sale and the top floor of each block consists of penthouse suites. Once activated within the landlord’s distribution boards in Newbury, WES Hotspot can instantly send an alert to facilities management personnel via the fire alarm system, but is also capable of signalling via any notification system, or by using the WES React app for mobile devices. This early notification of an electrical


fault and any overheating of connections transforms what would ultimately be an emergency call to the fire and rescue service into a simple maintenance issue for the facilities management team. Independently tested, the range is compliant with all applicable statutory regulations and requirements. It can easily be retrofitted to any existing electrical installation, or deployed in a new build project. Within the apartments themselves, the device is installed inside consumer units, and it has been configured to automatically disconnect the power supply in the event of abnormal temperatures being detected.


In removing this potential source of ignition,


it provides the highest level of pre ignition protection to electrical installations, by actively preventing electrical fires. David Wilson Homes and main contractor


Midgard specified WES Hotspot after it had been recommended by the development’s mechanical and electrical contractor – and designer of the Thermarestor technology (see next page) – Ilec-Imec Building Services. By specifying it, David Wilson Homes demonstrated that it takes fire safety within its developments extremely seriously. Ramtech firmly believes that fitting this technology will become just as routine as it is now for RCDs and smoke alarms. Rob Allen, sales director at David Wilson


Homes, said: ‘Once we understood the ability of this technology to prevent electrical fires caused by heat build-up in electrical circuits, it made it a very easy decision to specify it across our Newbury development. We were extremely impressed with the fire safety benefits it offers prospective buyers, residents and investors.’


The technology in depth


Many electrical fires could be eliminated if there was a way of detecting the build up of heat before the point of ignition was reached. That was the thinking behind this new technology,


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