Nittan helps protect iconic city church from fire

Nittan Europe, UK manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products and systems, has had its Evolution analogue addressable fire detection system installed into St Nicholas Church in Bristol.

The system was supplied and commissioned by Coomber Fire and Security Systems which is a Nittan ‘elite partner’ and BAFE SP203-1 & SP101 accredited.

Grade II* listed, St Nicholas Church was built in 1769, although the crypt dates back to medieval times. St. Nicholas has always played an important role in Bristol, whether it be for worship, providing shelter during WWII or, more recently, home to Bristol City Council tourist office and archive. The church was reopened in 2018 as a centre for worship, mission and social engagement continuing this legacy of being a church “in the city, for the city”.

To protect this much-loved building, a Nittan Evolution analogue addressable fire detection system has been installed throughout, featuring 51 devices including detectors and beam detectors, call points and high output sounder beacons.

Coomber Fire and Security Systems has extensive experience in fire detection systems for churches and says it chose Nittan for this project based on the reliability and quality of its Evolution range, combined with the increased loop voltage which allows for longer cable runs; “ideal in an old church of this size” according to Adam Pitman, senior fire systems engineer, Coomber Fire and Security Systems.

Evolution is Nittan’s advanced, premium fire system. Evolution uses ASIC technology in the sensors and sophisticated detection algorithms, combining extremely reliable fire detection together with a very high degree of protection against unwanted false alarms. Its advanced, highly flexible protocol allows for substantial amounts of information to be transmitted at high speed and is not affected by the number of devices on the loop.