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Our client was undertaking a phased upgrade program across their extensive estate of distillery and associated warehouse framework.

It was identified that an outdated fire alarm system across the entire site required a full system upgrade.

Nucore Project Scope

The storage of high volumes of casks of maturing scotch whisky presents explosion risks and can be classified in the same league as the petrochemical industry. Many distillery warehouse sites are classed as COMAH and the maturation warehouses classified as Zone 2 hazardous areas.

During the ageing process, some of the whisky in each barrel evaporates through the oak. This is known as the “Angels’ Share” and is potentially explosive under the right conditions. Barrels are often stored for up to 20 years, each representing a large investment for the distiller.

Several other areas of the distillery site, such as offices, visitor centers and welfare facilities are classed as low risk which ultimately contributes to a varied and complex fire alarm system design.

The initial design inquiry included drawings of the Hazardous areas. A system design was completed based upon the information provided. As we grew closer to the contract award, our expert design team worked with the client to ensure compliance of all areas was captured and a full design review and certification was completed at order acceptance.

Key Outcomes of the Project

On completion the client received a fully compliant future proofed Analogue Addressable Fire Alarm and Detection System which met the recommendations of BS 5839:1:2019, this was also commissioned and verified under the BAFE-SP203-1 certification scheme.

As the fire alarm system was designed, installed, commissioned, and verified by a BAFE SP203-1 certified firm the client has confidence in its operation and compliance. This also further demonstrated our team’s full competency, adaptability, and ability to provide a strong product solution in a challenging working environment.


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