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- Published: Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:00
Prysmian’s FP PLUS and FP 600S, along with Afumex BS6724, Prysmian’s Low Smoke Zero Halogen cable, have been specified and installed in a new £350 million shopping centre development in Leeds.
Trinity Leeds will have a million square feet of space traversing three of the busiest shopping streets in Leeds; Briggate, Albion and Commercial Street. It opens its doors in March 2013 and a footfall of 23 million visitors is forecasted in its first year.
The fire alarm systems in the centre are therefore of the utmost importance for protecting this influx of shoppers. For this reason, Prysmian’s FP PLUS was installed in these systems. FP PLUS is an ‘enhanced', hard skin, dressable fire resistant cable that meets the requirements of BS 5839.
Due to the sheer size of the Trinity Centre, with its vast area spanning three levels, Prysmian’s most robust fire-resistant cable, FP 600S, was also specified. Designed and developed for the toughest British Standard fire test for cables, BS8491 F120, FP 600S was the ideal specification for Trinity, as it is suitable for use in all power and control circuits, as defined in BS8519:2010, installed in ‘large and complex buildings’.
Choosing FP 600S means that specifiers can also be confident that the cable meets all the necessary requirements of Approved Document B of the building regulations.
For the non-emergency circuits, Afumex BS6724 Low Smoke Cable has been installed. Afumex is Prysmian’s range of low smoke, zero halogen (LSOH) flame-retardant cables. Afumex BS6724 is an armoured power cable which offers high mechanical protection All Afumex cables are LSOH which, in the event of a fire, will emit only very low levels of smoke and non-toxic levels of halogen acid gas.
For such a huge development with highly populated enclosed areas, minimising the presence of toxic smoke in the event of a fire is essential.
Trinity Leeds, developed by Land Securities, one of Britain’s biggest property developers, will have 120 shops, 12 restaurants, bars and cafes and the biggest Everyman cinema in Britain.