Core gets top mark for user-friendly addressable emergency lighting solution in major school complex

Project info

  • Project name: Ebrington Nursery and PS – Foyle College Complex
  • City: Derry, N. Ireland
  • Client: Education Authority, Western Office
  • Electrical consultant: BDP Ireland
  • Electrical contractor: H.M. Electrics Ltd.
  • Category: Specialised emergency systems
  • Branch: Core NI

The story

After many years looking for a new site to relocate and replace the ageing 60 years-old existing premises, Foyle college and Ebrington primary and nursery schools were allocated a £31m investment from the Education department to go forward with the project.
The school complex includes two moderate learning difficulties speech and language units, a double nursery, new teaching accommodation, grass pitches, synthetic tennis courts and a 3G pitch. The modernised facilities can welcome up to 1,400 pupils, providing them with an enhanced learning environment.
Such premises require a top quality emergency system, guaranteeing the safety of the pupils and staff, and this for the whole campus which spreads across three building.

The solution

Offered as an alternative by the electrical contractor for its user friendliness and flexibility, our specialised emergency solution met all the specifications and was approved to fit the project.
We used an addressable emergency lighting system from manufacturer P4 to supply each block at a time and thus allow a timely project schedule. The big advantage of this system is that it is expandable and can communicate up to 4 km, which makes it ideal to fit the single level buildings spread out on a campus.
It is also architecturally pleasant, – high-performance bi-LED outputs offer a very discreet high-intensity LED source to reveal the lux level required – and user-friendly with a smart self-testing and reporting system requiring minimum maintenance.
Our solution was completed by engineering and design services to calibrate lux levels and ensure compliance with BS 5266 and with the consultant’s requirement. We also trained the installation crew and the end-client for handover.

The success

We delivered a reliable, cost-efficient, aesthetically pleasant solution with premium services, minimum maintenance and maximum flexibility, offering easy installation and peace of mind to the contractor, and a pleasant and safe environment to the school which celebrates its 400 birthday this year.