zencontrol has recently completed a contract commissioning automated lighting control systems throughout a number of new fire stations within Staffordshire.

The new builds were part of a PFI Project as many of the old stations were proving costly to maintain, therefore new stations were required to improve facilities and suit the requirements of a modern proactive fire service by interacting with the community that they serve.

zencontrol worked alongside Kier (main contractor) and the Dodd Group (M&E contractor) on the new builds throughout the region including; Lichfield, Burton, Codsall, Chase Terrace, Kinver, Stone, Rugeley, Loggerheads, Penkridge, Leek and Longton.

“All of the fire stations have been equipped with the very latest state of the art lighting control systems interfacing into the fire stations call out system to ensure selected luminaries come on during a call out scenario,” said James Hart, Sales Director at zencontrol.

“There is also mixture of absence and presence switching throughout the sites making each building as energy efficient as possible with regard to the lighting. The luminaries require a user input to switch the lighting on, and the lighting will then time out via an addressable presence detector 20 minutes after no detection, for example in bedrooms and offices. Presence detectors also ensure the luminaires will energise as soon as someone enters a room such as toilets, locker rooms and communal areas,” added James.

All of the fire stations have been designed with a community facility and state of the art operational facilities. Community groups will be able to use the facilities and the newly designed stations will also allow for more community safety activities to take place. The new stations will sit at the heart of the community and have been designed to be inviting and welcoming to the public.