Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex

Building Protection Systems successfully complete Fire & Security Systems in new £38M 50Mt 10 Lane Pool & Leisure Complex.

Main Building Features

  • 15374 sq mt Building
  • 10 Lane 50 Metre Pool
  • 2 Movable Floating Floors & 2 Submersible Booms in Main Pool
  • 25 Metre Diving Pool
  • Family Leisure Pool with Flumes, Wave Pool, Water Slide & Interactive Water Feature
  • Health, Fitness & Conditioning Suites
  • 8 Court Sports Hall & Minor Hall
  • Creche, Function Rooms, 6 External Pitches

BPS were appointed to undertake a range of specialist electronic protection systems for this project which included Fire Alarm, Disabled Refuge, Pool Alarm, Toilet Alarm, Intruder Alarm, Access Control/Intercoms and CCTV.

With BPS having recently completed a number of successful projects with Dowds Group, we were de- lighted to receive their instruction to undertake this GB Olympic Legacy Project, part funded by DCAL.

One of the challenges for the Fire Detection & Alarm System was to provide a system that had a range of devices that would be suitable for both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ areas, with the solution being net- workable to enable extension to cover future phases. Pool areas also had to be protected at high level and in other areas aspirating detection was chosen where future access to ceiling voids was prohibitive.

The solution for Disabled Refuge, Toilet Alarms and Pool Drown Alarms was to provide an integrated system covering all three elements, reporting to one central location. This required a range of equipment that would be suitable for both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ areas, operating over a common LAN network. The Intruder Alarm was installed as a Grade 3 system using anti- mask detectors and Grade 3 signalling. Generally, Intruder detectors have a low level of Ingress Protection (IP) rating. Where detection was required in pool areas, the detection provided was an array IP rated infrared beam units, installed in such a way that it is difficult to determine where the beam paths lie. A number of poolside doors required to be monitored 24Hrs with the ability to be isolated at certain times. Doorguard Units were installed to facilitate this As a result, we were able to provide an integrated & cost effective solution.

Access Control has been installed that provides security for sensitive and staff areas. Each staff member carries a card with unique identification recorded in the system database. Times of access can be determined for each door protected, with the ability to produce reports of user activity and a live review of staff members in the building. The Sauna area and gates leading to the stairs to div- ing boards are controlled to re- strict access for use of those permitted to use the diving boards.

The CCTV system requirement was to provide high quality images from cameras both internal external to the building, including External Sports Pitches. There was also a requirement for the system to be flexible in allowing future cameras to be added without major disruption. The system was cabled in Cat5e and utilised NVT Transmission Technology. This provided a cost effective cabling method whilst embracing the potential future system up- grade to TCP/IP Technology. An array of Pan-Tilt-Zoom Dome Cameras were installed in the pool area with careful consideration to location, ensuring maintenance access later. All internal cameras are Vandal Resistant c/w an element of Anti- Tamper. A camera and monitor were also required for health & safety, to monitor the base of the Leisure Flume, displaying this at the top of the Flume, so that he Attendant could ensure the exit was clear before allowing another person to enter. Central storage was provided on Digital Video Recorders along with control and viewing stations at Reception and Management offices.

BPS have subsequently been appointed by Serco, the Facilities Management Organisation charged with running the day-to- day functionality of the Complex to carry out all F&S Maintenance Duties.

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