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Parliament to get new fire alarms

14 Dec 16 Wates Construction has secured a contract to put new fire alarms into the Palace of Westminster.

The Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminster

The Life Safety Systems programme includes upgrades to the automatic fire detection and alarm systems across the Houses of Parliament, along with modifications to the emergency lighting and fire escape signage.

The work has been designed by IFC in conjunction with Purcells Conservation Architects. It will be carried out in 13 phases over the course of four years while maintaining full building operations.

Wates Construction is also currently working on a £20m refurbishment to the nearby six-storey Millbank House office building for the House of Lords.

Phil Shortman, managing director of Wates Construction London, said: “Our appointment to deliver this vital programme of works on behalf of the Houses of Parliament is a huge acknowledgement of Wates’ reputation as a trusted and expert contractor.

“Our concurrent delivery of the Palace of Westminster’s Life Safety Systems and the refurbishment of Millbank House will enable our teams to share best practice, which will ultimately ensure efficient build programmes that achieve impeccable project delivery and value for money.”

Wates was appointed to deliver both Millbank House and the Life Safety Systems Programme via the southern construction framework, to which the contractor secured places on all three lots for major projects in March 2015.

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