Chubb Fire & Security has installed a radio networked fire alarm and high sensitivity smoke detection (HSSD) system at the new Atlantis Submarine Voyage ride at LEGOLAND© Windsor. This helps to protect visitors as they travel within submarines underwater around a one million-litre ocean tank.
The New Atlantis Submarine Voyage ride at LEGOLAND©
The tank will house more than 50 species of sharks, rays and tropical fish and also holds up to 100 LEGO models
Designed and installed by Chubb, the fire system protects the structure and the submarines, which each carry up to 14 visitors, as they travel through the tank. The tank will house more than 50 species of sharks, rays and tropical fish and also holds up to 100 LEGO models, which will be designed to recreate the lost city of Atlantis.
The fire protection system is also linked to the ocean tank’s filtration system. This provides an early alert of any potential problems with the pump that might endanger the fish. As Chubb’s Mick Hale explains: “The filtration panels are interfaced with the fire alarm to operate a channel on the fire alarm radio transmitter should a problem with the filtration be detected,” he says.
“The site radio network then allows the signal to reach the security gatehouse and show on the radio fire control panel that there is a fault. As a back up we have included an interface that will signal the gatehouse via either a landline or mobile phone network to ensure the message gets through.”
The installation poses a number of different challenges according to LEGOLAND’s Maintenance Director, Kieran Maher: “We have worked with Chubb on a number of projects before and found that the approach of the engineers and our relationship with them was excellent. So awarding Chubb the contract for the system in the new Atlantis Submarine Voyage ride was an obvious decision.”
LEGOLAND says that the Atlantis Submarine Voyage will help create over 50 jobs at the Windsor site, including specialist roles looking after the sea creatures. It will form part of an overall £30 million investment in the park that includes the construction of an on-site hotel in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.