5,000 metres of Prysmian’s FP200 Gold® has been installed to refurbish the fire detection and fire alarm system at the Royal Bolton Hospital. The cables will connect the fire alarms in crucial areas of the hospital including the Ophthalmology H2 ward, HSDU (Hospital Sterilisation and Disinfection Unit), radiology and social services departments.

The hospital has been designed with safety in mind, the first priority for any healthcare authority. Attention to detail is also crucial, with all materials being carefully selected to bring the facility up to the required standards.

The £70,000 M&E upgrade of the fire safety system was installed by Hayvern Electrical. John Murphy, Contracts Manager at Hayvern Electrical explains: ‘I have specified Prysmian Cables on numerous occasions, including sports facilities such as the Goshen Sports Centre in Bury. The cables always meet the specification in terms of third party approvals and are readily available.’

FP200 Gold® complies with the requirements of fire alarm standard, BS 5839 and is BASEC & LPCB certified. The approval includes BS EN 50200 Class PH30 and the new integrated fire, shock and water test BS EN 50200 Annex E for 30 minutes. FP200 Gold® is also suitable for voice alarm systems, emergency lighting and other essential service circuits, meeting the appropriate British Standard and third party approvals. 

Alternative soft skin silicone cables carry the risk of third party damage during the installation. FP200 Gold®’s unique Insudite™ insulation minimises these chances due to the tough and fire resistant composite. This factor is crucial as weak cable insulation can lead to faults that remain undetected within the cable network. As a result, false alarms could disrupt the everyday running of the hospital.

John and his team started in November, the H2 ward, social services and radiology departments have reached completion and the HSDU unit is currently ongoing.