Prysmian serves up fire protection at Wimbledon
May 2008 - The Company has been awarded a prestigious contract for the supply and installation of high performance cables, including fire-resistant cables and low-smoke, zero-halogen cables (LS0H), to ensure spectator safety in Wimbledon’s new Centre Court.
With hundreds of thousands of visitors attending every year, and over 6,000 staff employed during this period, having the best fire safety protection was of paramount importance for the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
For the Wimbledon tennis court, Prysmian supplied and installed special FP cables, in accordance with the standard requirements developed in the UK, where Prysmian has been the market leader for 25 years. Both these cable families are used for all applications where safety must be guaranteed: in the case of fire, Fire-Resistant cables continue to operate and low-smoke, zero-halogen cables have a reduced emission of toxic gas and smoke.
In particular, Prysmian used FP200 Gold in Wimbledon’s new Centre Court because of its ease of installation, it is recommended by the relevant authorities, and meets all the required industry standards. FP200 Gold has been used to power the fire alarm system in the new and improved Centre Court. The highly durable cable, which uses Insudite damage resistant insulation, is the cable of choice to ensure the safety of spectators, players and employees at Wimbledon.
FP200 Gold is approved for fire detection and fire alarm critical signal paths in BS5839 – 1:2002 ‘standard’ application areas, voice alarm systems to BS 5839-8:1998 (AMD 2006) and emergency lighting systems to BS5266-1:2005. FP200 Gold’s ease of use hugely benefited the installation process. The cable is easy to terminate therefore making installation quick and simple. Adding to the straightforward installation, Wimbledon has been using the FP Firefix double clip to fix the FP200 Gold cable. FP Firefix uses ITW Spit Pulsa gas nailing technology to nail the fixing into position into a variety of substrates. This method is an extremely fast way to fix the cable.