Curzon Gateway

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As part of the Eastside development of Birmingham’s new learning, technology and heritage quarter, SE Controls provided a comprehensive smoke ventilation system to the new student accommodation of Curzon Gateway. The development included 260 dwellings in a canal side development plus student accommodation of 748 student bed spaces (140 cluster flats and 35 studios).

SE Controls provided a fully automated Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilation (SHEV) system to provide safe escape of the internal occupants and safe entry for the fire services in the event of a fire. SE Controls installed and commissioned automatic opening actuators onto fire rated doors to the smoke shafts within the internal corridors and provided stairway ventilation via opening vents to facilitate safe smoke extraction.

In the event of a fire the fire alarm detection system would identify which zone to extract the smoke from and open the corresponding fire rated doors and top of shaft vents to extract smoke from the internal corridors and escape stairs. The remaining floors of the smoke shaft would remain closed to keep the integrity of the smoke shaft and to keep the escape routes free of smoke. The smoke extraction components are all linked to the efficient and flexible OS2 control system. Each OS2 controller operates on a mains voltage primary power supply and contains integral fully monitored and intelligent battery backup for secondary power operation.

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Smoke Ventilation, in residential buildings

Project Details

Client: Unite Student Accommodation

Architect: Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson


Specification: Smoke ventilation system


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