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Protecting 'The Wing' - an new award-winning building, designed in the shape of a Spitfire wing, against fire and intruders
The Wing is the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new building at the Capel-le-Ferne site of the National Memorial to the Few. Opened to the public in March, 2015, this eye-catching building was designed by Folkestone architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn in the shape of a Spitfire wing, complete with its famous uplift.
The Wing houses The Scramble Experience, a hands-on attraction that uses audio-visual effects, a video wall and other special techniques to show something of what it was like to be one ‘the Few’ in the summer and early autumn of 1940.
The Wing required the installation of a complete security system to protect the award winning building and its occupants against fire and theft. Because of The Trust’s charitable status budget was a major consideration, and as such the trustee’s wanted to work with a company they could trust to deliver a security solution that met their requirements, within a tight budget, on time and with minimal disruption.
Red Alert was already managing a smaller property for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and as a result was invited to tender for the design and installation of the new security system. The company was awarded the project based on the quality of its previous work for the Trust.
Red Alert was also able to leverage its excellent relationships with security equipment manufacturers and distributors to negotiate preferential rates, and in some instances secure donations, on behalf of the charity for cctv, fire and intruder alarms.
Apollo Fire Detectors and ADI Global donated all the fire detection equipment, which includes a range of XP95 detectors and beam detectors. The Fire Beam Company supplied the fire beam.
Brian Warburton, Area Sales Manager Midlands and North West, at Apollo commented: “It is a pleasure for all of the companies involved to come together to support this memorial project and provide the best possible fire protection.”