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FP200 Gold and fire resistant cables from Prysmian Cables UK

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FP200 Gold and fire resistant cables from Prysmian Cables UK

Prysmian Protects in East Pool Mine
Posted: 18/11/15 16:54:54

Prysmian Protects in East Pool Mine

When it came to protecting the prize exhibits of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Prysmian FP200 Gold fire resistant cable was the only cable product considered by contractors Fire Crest Fire Protection.

Grade One Listed Building

The East Pool Mine Visitor Centre houses two great beam engines, originally powered by high-pressure steam boilers introduced by local hero Richard Trevithick.  These priceless symbols of Cornwall’s place in industrial history are housed in a Grade One listed building.   With a centre of this historical importance, there can be no compromise on fire protection, so when it came to installing a new fire alarm system Prysmian FP200 Gold cable was the only choice.

“To be honest it’s the only cable I would use in this situation,” says Marc Gray of Fire Crest Fire Protection.  “We hold BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) accreditation to SP203. This third-party quality assurance requires us to use only cable that meets all the relevant performance standards and we can be absolutely confident that Prysmian cable products have been manufactured and tested to the highest standards.”

Unobtrusive Fire Alarm Cable

The project in East Pool Mine involved replacing the existing fire alarm system.   Because of the historical sensitivity of the site the cable had to be as unobtrusive as possible.    In total, the project needed 1,500 metres of FP200 Gold fire resistant cable and Fire Crest chose the FP Firefix fixing system to secure the cable. “Using the FP Firefix fixing system was great, as the gas nailing tool didn’t vibrate throughout the building as a hammer drill would have done. Being able to use a quieter medium meant we didn’t have to work out of hours, and limited the dust produced by the installation, so the product helped us to complete the project within the given timescale,” says Adam Laud of Fire Crest Fire Protection.

FP200 Gold is a first choice fire resistant cable because of its Insudite insulation.  Insudite is a tough composite insulation resistant to impact, nicking and abrasion; all things that normally result in failure of the common silicone insulated fire cables.

"... easy to work with, ..."

Contractors like the product for purely practical reasons too.  Marc Grey again:  “It’s easy to work with, the engineers like it, it holds its shape and doesn’t spring back into a coil when you’re fixing it.   It is also supplied on a plastic drum so if it gets wet the drum does not fall apart.  It sounds like a minor issue, but really does make a difference on site.” 

The East Pool Mine is one of a number of National Trust properties being installed with fire detection and alarm equipment by Fire Crest, and Prysmian FP products will be featuring in other architectural gems around the South West.


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