UK nursing home utilizes C-Tec solutions

Hawksyard Priory installs new fire alarm panel, power supplies and call system


A host of C-TEC’s UK-manufactured life-safety products are now safeguarding Hawksyard Priory, a magnificent nursing home tucked away in the heart of Staffordshire.

Situated in the picturesque village of Armitage in Rugeley, Hawksyard Priory is a Grade 1 listed building and is steeped in history. Built by the Dominican Order in 1896, the Priory is a former monastery, originally occupied by nuns of the Order, before being run by the monks as a boarding school for boys. In 1989 it was transformed into a 76-bedroom nursing home.

Last year the home underwent further renovation, which involved enlisting the services of top electrical installation company, Solid
State. Specialist engineers from the BAFE SP203 accredited Lancashire-based company replaced the old fire alarm with an innovative C-TEC XFP analogue addressable fire alarm system featuring over 200 Hochiki devices. The new wing of the building has 12 sounder modules, driven by one of C-TEC’s revolutionary EN54-4 compliant 24V 3A power supplies. According to Laurence McKeown of Solid State, who managed the entire project, the fact that the power supply complied with the standards was vital.

Says Laurence: “According to EN54-4, power supplies used in a fire alarm system must have certain features to comply with the standard. For example, it is crucial that it has the capacity to continue to function in the event of a power cut. At the end of the day, installers who use non-compliant equipment do so at their peril.”

One of C-TEC’s highly versatile Quantec addressable call systems has also been installed to ensure the safety and security of residents. Each room is fitted with two addressable call points to enable patients to call for assistance when required.

For more information, please contact C-TEC on 01942 322744 or visit the company’s website at www.c-tec.co.uk.