Bilco Smoke Vents Help Protect Students at Queen Mary, University of London

Residents in one of the UK's largest student accommodation blocks, at Queen Mary, University of London, are being protected by Bilco state-of-the-art automatic smoke ventilators.

Bilco was specified by architects Fielden Clegg Bradley and supplied contractors Laing O'Rourke with 14 double leaf Lumivent automatic smoke vents for the latest phase - Westfield Student Village, a three block development with 995 bed spaces.

The Lumivents are a pitch style design that minimises burning embers settling on the cover and have enhanced thermal insulation. The vents provide natural daylight, energy efficiency and protection thanks to the multi-wall polycarbonate covers that maximise light transmittance while limiting solar heat gain.

Every double leaf smoke vent is sited above a stairwell and is equipped with four actuators that provide smoothly controlled opening and closing. Each vent offers a clear vent area of 2.32m2. The Lumivents are activated by a fire alarm interface and break glass system and each hall of residence is separately triggered by smoke detectors that are installed throughout each building.

A major advantage of the Lumivents is that if the system is triggered it can be reset remotely simply by flicking a switch. There is no need to physically climb on to the roof and close the vent manually. Bilco smoke vents are rugged 'stand alone' units and are covered by a five year guarantee.

As well as the Lumivents, Bilco also supplied nine E-50 roof hatches complete with LadderUP safety posts. These hatches act as a convenient way to get onto the roof and maintain equipment such as heating and ventilation systems.

LadderUP safety posts clamp on the top two rungs of the fixed vertical access ladder allowing service personnel to enter or exit from the roof hatch in an upright and balanced position.

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