Kia Oval

Over 150 years old the Kia Oval, which traditionally hosts the final test match of the English season and saw W.G. Grace score a century on his debut forEngland, is a 23,000 capacity ground. Following the re-development of the Vauxhall End, TVF (UK) Ltd undertook the design and installation of fire detection systems into The Pavilion, Lock and Laker Stands at the Pavilion End, which also houses the exclusive Kennington Club, committee rooms and museum. Advanced, with Apollo detectors, was the obvious choice for TVF when choosing an open protocol system that could protect one of the most distinctive stands in international Cricket.

The installation, engineered to suit the environment, consisted of an Advanced control panel in each stand working in conjunction with a hybrid of Apollo's Discovery hard-wired and XPander radio ranges. With 20 zones for each stand, over 200 optical detectors were installed along with 30 call points and in excess of 30 loop interfaces/XPander radio devices. 

John Baker at TVF explains: "Any venue hosting a variety of large-scale events needs a  robust and accurate fire detection system. As such, we have installed a system with double-knock detectors (alarms are only sounded if two detectors are activated helping to minimise false alarms) and one that links to other gates in the ground.  In addition, there are lamp buzzers in key areas allowing for operational match day crowd management to ensure a controlled evacuation, should one ever be needed."

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