CONTRACT NEWS SLATE MADE SAFE MAT FACTOR Advanced’s MxPro fire alarm panels have been installed in a remote coastal location, the Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing, off the west coast of Scotland. Situated south of Oban in the Firth of Lorne, the largely unspoilt 5.5 square mile Isle of Luing is one of the Slate Islands. The Atlantic Visitor Centre, in the village of Cullipool, is set to revitalise the island’s economy, raising awareness of Luing as a tourist destination and offering a range of outdoor activities. The contract for the installation was awarded to the team at Adam Fire, which specified the latest MxPro 5 panels from Advanced. MxPro 5 is a multi-protocol fire panel range and the centre is now being protected by the latest MxPro5 single loop panel from Advanced, offering fire detection and alarm control across the entire site. MxPro 5 panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, 200-panel networks covering large areas. The Centre will also provide a community hub for the island’s 200 residents, providing workshops and office space. It also has the capability to be used as an emergency refuge. SAFETY IN THE COMMUNITY Sona, the trade only brand from Sprue Safety Products, has completed an alarm installation for Greenfields Housing Association. Greenfields Community Housing maintains a rigorous maintenance programme across its portfolio of more than 8,000 homes, in a bid to keep properties safe, secure and in good condition. As part of the maintenance regime, Greenfields reviews the specification of all equipment utilised throughout its housing stock and contacted Sona for advice on the latest fire protection technology. After reviewing the requirements set out by Greenfields, Sona recommend the use of its Thermoptek multi-sensor mains powered smoke alarms. With the combination of optical sensing and thermal enhancement, the Sona smoke alarm ensures the detection of both fast flaming and slow smouldering fires in a single unit, making it the perfect solution to meet all of Greenfields’ needs. Gaia’s Devimat electric underfloor heating system has been installed under new floor finishes at a prestigious house refurbishment in central London. The house, in Hampstead’s exclusive Winnington Road, has been completely remodelled with all internal finishes removed and replaced with fittings and fixtures of the highest quality throughout. For maximum comfort, all first floor rooms, including bedrooms, the master suite, the master sitting room, ensuite bathrooms and the purpose designed dressing room and hairdressing room, are fitted with Devimat electric underfloor heating with wireless controllers linked to two central Gaialink control panels. The Gaia system was chosen by M&E subcontractor Lorne Stewart, after the client personally specified electric underfloor heating on the first floor. Devimat is an electric UFH system comprising an electric heating cable pre-spaced onto a self-adhesive mesh that is installed within a tile adhesive or latex compound. Gaia laid a special thermal insulation board over the existing floorboards, then laid the Devimat system over this and embedded it within a special latex compound. Advertorial BAHCO’S NEW ‘SLIM’ SCREWDRIVER SOLVES OLD PROBLEM Bahco designers have solved the electrician’s problem of reaching sunken screws and spring elements in confined spaces or when working on consumer units. The blade of their new ‘Slim’ 1000V insulated screwdriver is 30% narrower than others. And its slimmer, ergonomic handle, unobstructed by insulation, enables high transfer of force with reduced effort, while protecting the user’s hands from the risk of strain or injury. Blade quality exceeds current standards relating to hardness by 130% and in relation to torque strength by 200%. A resistant plastic used for the core of the handle ensures the blade is held securely, even under high strain. Screw head symbols and size marks on the handle make it easier for electricians to find the screwdriver they need, while softer materials in the handle provide high friction resistance. All Bahco Ergo™ insulated screwdrivers meet IEC 60900 and are tested at 10,000 volts, ensuring safe working at 1000V. Visit www.bahco.com to see the full Bahco range.