Stoke Gifford Retirement Village – Fire Alarm Monitoring

Stoke Gifford Retirement Village – Fire Alarm Monitoring


Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

Coldharbour Lane

Stoke Gifford


South Gloucestershire

BS16 1UX



Job Details:

To design, supply, install and commission various systems including Fire Alarm, Door Entry, WiFi, GSM Repeater, Access Control, CCTV and a Converged Communication and Call System in new build apartments, communal areas and public spaces.

Project Particulars:

The new £53m Retirement Village is being developed on the border of South Gloucestershire and Bristol is a unique housing scheme providing purpose-built facilities for the over 55s, to help them stay living in their own homes for longer. Stoke Gifford Retirement Village is a partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency.

TIS were awarded in the £1.2 million project to design and install building wide communications, security and life safety systems along with our ‘Smart Building Converged Infrastructure’ into a new build retirement village.

The 12 Hectare (29 Acre) Stoke Gifford Retirement Village site consists of 261 apartments, the apartments are broken down into 92 one bedroom apartments and 169 two bedroom apartments.

A host of health and leisure facilities are available in the village centre including:

  • Village Hall
  • Library and IT Suite
  • Fitness/Well-being Suite
  • Shop/Bistro and Bar
  • Residents’ Lounge
  • Hair/Beauty Salon
  • Hobby/Games/Craft Rooms
  • Enriched Opportunities Suite®

TIS designed, installed and integrated; Fibre TV Distribution, Fire Alarm, IP Door Entry, IP Access Control, IP Telephony System, Hybrid (IP/Analogue) Emergency Call System, Fibre Data Network Infrastructure, UPS Power Backup, Mobile Phone Repeater System, Digital Signage, IP CCTV, Wi-Fi, BT Openreach Distribution and Bespoke Alarm Reporting Software, all integrated with an Android handset deployment and custom apps.

Our bespoke designed converged infrastructure provides simple and efficient operation for the staff and future proofing for the building owners. This flexibility and ease of use allows the building operator the ability to individually customise each resident’s package; from multi-media & broadband provision to emergency call and healthcare monitoring, thus allowing increased revenue opportunities for the operator, and increased desirability amongst the residents.

With such a large property and the safety of their tenants paramount the client had concerns over meeting their obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of ensuring that all their automatic fire detectors are tested on an annual basis.  TIS were instructed to install an integrated Fire Alarm Monitoring Solution, which was discreet, un-obtrusive, effective and reliable.

The Solution:

TIS proposed a ground breaking solution for monitoring and managing remote fire alarm systems over the internet, which would render hard copy paper log books obsolete.

At the heart of the system is a cloud-based database, which receives data from fire alarm systems via the Fibre Optic IP network installed as part of the Converged Infrastructure, making further use of this flexible solution.

The primary application of our Fire Alarm Monitoring Solution is to log, manage and administrate the commissioning, servicing, maintenance, testing, performance and day-to-day use of the connected fire alarm systems. Data is stored in a secure database with event notifications being sent via email to the client or accessible via a standard web browser on any internet enabled device.

TIS worked closely with the Client and the manufacturer to ensure that the solutions would be an ideal management tool for service, building and estate managers who need to maintain a lifetime electronic log of their fire alarm systems.

Utilising this solution allowed TIS to centralise all fire alarm system activity through a single cross-platform management tool and provides a detailed electronic history of the system throughout its use and life. The database can provide an infinite log of all data, thereby overcoming the memory limits of fire alarm control panels.

A key consideration when proposing the system was the intrusiveness of add on elements, TIS listened to our client and ensured that the system would be as discreet as possible.  Moving to a cloud-based monitoring system which integrated through our fibre optic LAN network was the most discreet method available.