22 Bishopsgate, London, UK

One of the newest and most extremely impressive developments in the City, 22 Bishopsgate, also known as Twentytwo, is a commercial skyscraper in Bishopsgate in the London financial district. Standing at 278 meters and with 62 storeys, 22 Bishopsgate is the tallest building in the City of London.

The building offers 1.275 million sq ft of high specification office space arranged across four office zones. Retail units are located on the eastern side of the building opening onto Crosby Square/Great St Helen’s. The building houses a fresh food market, innovation hub, gym, wellbeing retreat and spa, curated ‘art walk’, business club, cycle hub, destination restaurant, and London’s highest free public viewing gallery.

The Project

A robust and flexible solution was required including essential life safety communication for the entire building and its various workspaces, retail outlets, and amenities. At the forefront of planning and design was the necessity for a plan for phased evacuation utilising Baldwin Boxall life safety systems.

The VIGIL3 Voice Alarm and OmniCare Emergency Voice Communication systems were quoted for the project due to their reliability and capability.

The project required a new voice alarm and EVC system which were specified and installed by PHF Fire. The EN54 certified VIGIL3 Voice Alarm includes 70 space-saving, wall-mounted Eclipse4s and two floor-standing racks, networked throughout the building. The voice alarm network is accessed by the touch-screen control microphone, with its user-friendly NFC card sign-in option.

The EVC system solution, OmniCarePLUS, includes:

  • Fire Telephones
  • Combined Fire Telephones with Disabled Refuge Outstations
  • Disabled Toilet Alarms
  • Advanced Disabled Refuge Outstations
  • Standard Disabled Refuge Outstations

The Standard Disabled Refuge Outstations make up the remaining call points on the system. Many of which are finished in stainless steel to match the high-quality aesthetic of this impressive building.

Installed by PHF Fire, Baldwin Boxall worked together with the team to aid in the design and commissioning of the systems.

Baldwin Boxall was specified alongside other companies. However, the level of support that Baldwin Boxall gives throughout the project, from start to finish, set them apart from the competition.

Chris Hartup, Sales Manager at Baldwin Boxall said, “This new build project called for a very capable, reliable and professional fire alarm contractor and with the contract being awarded to PHF Fire, they certainly got that. Due to limited floor space, the Eclipse4s were installed into riser cupboards within the building, providing further redundancy to the end user.

PHF Fire had a fantastic, positive relationship, not only with their client but also their whole supply chain. We had many meetings and presentations on site with the whole 22 Bishopsgate team.

It was a great experience to be involved in this project and with PHF Fire throughout.”

Baldwin Boxall protecting 22 Bishopsgate, London
EN54 Certified
British Standards BS5839-9 Code of Practice
British Standards BS5839-8 Code of Practice
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