Fire protection and mass evacuation systems at Canary

Infrastructure & Cities Sector
London, September 2, 2013
Fire protection and mass evacuation systems at Canary
Wharf: Visit to a typical building at KPMG
Canary wharf facts and figures
Canary Wharf is one of London's two main financial centres (along with the
traditional City of London).
The site contains many of the UK's tallest buildings, including the secondtallest, One Canada Square;
Canary Wharf contains around 14,000,000 square feet (1,300,000 m2) of
office and retail space, of which around 7,900,000 square feet (730,000 m2)
is owned by Canary Wharf Group. ]Around 100,000 people work in Canary
Wharf and it is home to the world or European headquarters of numerous
major banks, professional services firms and media organisations including
Barclays, Citigroup, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Fitch Ratings, HSBC,
J.P. Morgan, KPMG, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, Skadden, State Street and
Thomson Reuters.
Canary Wharf and its landmark office buildings are a symbol of a successful
vision for the transformation of the London Docklands and its traditional industries into a major hub for the UK financial services industry. The development encompasses 30 buildings and 200 shops, bars and restaurants and
has transformed the East End of London.
Known as “the village”, there are ambitious plans for continued development
Siemens fire protection and mass evacuation systems at Canary Wharf
Siemens fire protection and mass evacuation systems protect 84% of the
buildings and 100,000 people working at Canary Wharf.
The unique Sinteso™ range of fire detection systems with ASAtechnology™
(Advanced Signal Analysis) is able to distinguish between expected fire phenomena, such as smoke, and deceptive phenomena, such as steam, providing reliable, fast detection and ensuring no possibility of false alarms. CouSiemens plc
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pled with this guarantee against false alarms, each device monitors its own
operational environment 24/7. This self-monitoring provides the client the
comfort that all installed devices are working correctly to protect their business assets. This self-monitoring function on the basis of risk assessment
allows the client the ability to be able reduce ongoing lifecycle service costs
by reducing the number of yearly visits required.
Siemens E100 voice alarm systems provide clear announcements for safe
and orderly evacuation.
The MM8000 Danger Management System integrates fire detection, gas,
emergency warning systems and other disciplines to improve safety operations
Building case study: KMPG, 15 Canada Square
In 2006 KPMG purchased 15 Canada Square from Canary Wharf Group
The office block comprises 18 stories (4 beneath ground), totaling 400,000
sq ft. It is KPMG’s UK HQ and largest office globally.
KPMG’s vision was to create a sustainable flagship building at the forefront
of environmental efficiency which facilitates and showcases the unique way
the company’s outstanding professionals work together to deliver value to
KPMG recognises that the working environment is a tremendously important
factor in people productivity and motivation. The building provides a flexible
workspace for 5,000 employees and is designed to provide a spacious, light
and harmonious environment in which its people can interact, flourish and
reach their full potential.
Strict carbon criteria were applied throughout the building which incorporates
a range of best practice sustainable features within robust financial criteria.
The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating in 2009 for Design & Procurement and Post Construction Review, which was the highest rating that
was achievable at the time the project commenced.
A gas-fired generator, called a tri-generation unit, has been installed in the
building. The generator produces electricity with lower carbon emissions
than mains electricity, and the waste heat from the production of electricity
used to heat and cools the building thus achieving an overall efficiency for
the system of approximately 70%.
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Carbon emissions have been reduced to less than 50 per cent of the buildings it replaced, with an achieved emission rate of less than 40
kgCO2/sqm/year (less than a fifth of existing UK prestige A/C office buildings, according to Carbon Trust research). This is almost 350 tonnes per
year less CO2 than Part L requirements, and around 800 tonnes less than
the previous estate.
The Energy Performance Asset Rating is B.
KPMG is to expand into the adjacent building, 30 North Colonnade, moving
another 1100 staff from the City in 2015.
The Siemens system installed at KMPG
Siemens carried out a trade package directly to Canary Wharf, the main contractor responsible for the construction of the building. Siemens scope was to
develop the life safety system design, carryout installation, supply equipment
and commission of the Fire detection/Voice Alarm/Fire Telephones/Fireman’s Annunciator panels.
Siemens Networked Systems in the building
5 x Fire Detection System: (FS20 / Sinteso control panels)
5 x Public Address / Voice Alarm System: (E100). Our E100 voice
alarm systems provide clear announcements for safe and orderly
The FS20 control panels and PA/VA systems are networked via cable
1 x Management Station: (MM8000). The MM8000 Danger Management System integrates fire detection, gas, emergency warning systems and other disciplines to improve safety operations.
1 x Annunciator located in Fire Command Centre, with 3 panels
(Alarm Indication, Evacuation Control & Smoke Extract & Pressurisation Control)
Third Party Systems in the building
Combined Fire Telephones / Disabled Refuge system throughout the
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