Nationaal Muziekkwartier

Due to the nature of the building and its environment a number of different fire protection technologies have been installed by Advanced’s local partner Hertek in partnership with Electrical Contractor, Kropman Installatietechniek. Two MxPro 4 4-loop fire alarm control panels are connected to over 700 fire detectors, aspirating smoke detection systems and specialist flame detectors as well as controlling sprinklers and fire curtains. The MxPro 4 panels are networked together with 3 remote repeater panels and 3 fire brigade mimic panels, ensuring both the fire services and building operators have access to the fire system status from different points around the complex.

Commenting on the fire system design, Peter de Jonge, Electrical Engineering Manager at Kropman Installatietechniek said, “The challenge was to meet the needs of the different users of the complex. Phased evacuation has been implemented to ensure that the whole building is not evacuated in the event of a localised incident or nuisance alarm, whilst keeping staff and visitors safe in the event of a real fire. The power and flexibility of the MxPro 4 panels were key to achieving this.”

The sophisticated cause and effect programmability and powerful input/output capability of the MxPro 4 panels are used to control the ‘double-knock’ sprinkler activation, smoke curtains, elevator shutdown, fire door release and manage the phased evacuation. Aspirating smoke detection systems and flame detectors, interfaced to the MxPro 4 panels, are used to provide detection for the 30m high theatre stage area, where traditional smoke detectors would not have been suitable.

Advanced’s fault tolerant network Ad-NeT+, is capable of withstanding a single fault between nodes without loss of communications to any single panel. Up to 200 panels (nodes) can be connected on the network with a total loop length of 20km, using standard two-core fire resistant cable. The network in ‘Nationaal Muziekkwartier’ allows the status of all 700 devices and specialist detection systems to be interrogated on any of the fire panels, repeaters or fire brigade mimics.

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Nationaal Muziekkwartier Theatre Complex