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Published 18/03/2014 11:41


 A family-run security company, who have been working in the North East for over 27 years, have just completed a £400,000 contract installing a high-end fire alarm and voice evacuation system in one of the largest shopping centres in the North East.
 Middleton Grange Shopping in Hartlepool
The twelve-month fire alarm Installation contract between C.D.S Security & Fire and Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, began in April 2012 and was completed, on time, earlier this year.
Subsequently, CDS Security were also awarded the maintenance and servicing contract for the Centre.
The work involved replacing the centre’s existing evacuation system, which was costing a significant amount per year in maintenance, and installing a user-friendly fire alarm system complete with a new public address and voice evacuation system to alert staff and visitors of any issues.
Tony Ormston, Technical Services Manager at Middleton Grange shopping centre, said:

"The service we have received from C.D.S Security & Fire has been first class. They have really taken the time to understand our requirements and limitations, and have delivered in every aspect of the work to date."

"I have complete confidence that we have one of the best fire alarm and voice evacuation systems available"  

As well as complying with all the relevant health and safety regulations, the new system has three dedicated fire alarm control panels and a fully integrated computerised graphics display. The new display system shows all of the shopping centre, alerting staff to any problems on a map so staff know exactly where the problem is and what section of the shopping centre they need to address.  

In addition to smoke and heat detectors, aspirating detection systems, beam detection systems, voice evacuation amplifiers, paging microphones and fireman's microphones were installed. Each shopping unit also was also interfaced into the fire alarm network to ensure full integration and communication throughout.
Due to the nature of the work being undertaken, the fire alarm installation was carried out after hours, to ensure that the visitors to the Shopping Centre would not be inconvenienced.
Rosie Abbott at C.D.S Security & Fire, said: “We were up against several national companies when we first tendered for the work. However, we have proved that although we are not a national company, we can deliver large projects to time and on a large scale. This system is one of the best available and we are proud to have played a part in it”.

Spread over 3 levels, with basement and multi-storey carparks, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre is managed by Cushman Wakefield LLP and home to over 120 shops and an indoor market. Outlets included M&S, BHS, Primark, Argos, River Island, Wilkinsons, New Look, JD Sports, H Samuel... to name a few!
C.D.S Security & Fire are a family-run company based in Durham who specialise in intruder, fire, CCTV, access control systems and other types of security and disabled alarm systems. The company was founded in 1986, and over the past 27 years have earned a reputation for providing an excellent customer service across the North-East of England. This is shown through the very high levels of recommendations and repeated business from their dedicated customer base.
To find out more about C.D.S Security & Fire please visit www.cdssecurity.co.uk or alternatively call 0191 384 0079.

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