The University of Brighton is a community of 21,000 students and 2,600 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. With one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and a strong research record, supports Brighton’s reputation as a leading post-1992 university.
The newly developed Thomas Henry Huxley building within The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the UK's leading university departments for pharmacy,biology, chemistry and biomedical education and maintains close links with Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Providing specialist facilities for the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, the new building will house the university's largest lecture theatre, with a seating capacity for over 300 people. Across two buildings, with nine floors, students have access to communal study areas, multi-purpose seminar rooms with moveable walls, as well as teaching rooms and laboratories.
The Laboratory Block presented a few issues, as the university were faced with protecting the building from fire, but also reducing the flow of water if an unavoidable incident occurred.
A solution was to install a low pressure water mist system that was calculated to utilise the minimum amount of water when extinguishing the fire, as the run off may contain contaminants’ from the fume cupboards and work benches.
Ultramist uses a fraction of water in comparison with conventional sprinkler methods, and by creating a bund within the laboratory, water is contained and risks are kept to a minimum. The water mist system was designed to protect the laboratories only.
The Grundfos pump is fitted with a star-delta starter and operated by normal pressure switch cut in, but the system has the added advantage of a UPS unit that operates in the event of a power failure.