Fire protecting a ‘Belle Époque’ building for the 21st century
T H White’s Security & Fire Division has just completed its largest single installation with completion of work on the new fire alarm system for Bournemouth Town Hall. The building opened as the Mont Dore Hotel in 1885, named after the French spa town in the Auvergne – hence its rather French appearance. As a measure of its importance it boasted Bournemouth’s telephone number 3. It was requisitioned by the War Office on 20th November 1914 to became a British Military Hospital. After the war it was bought by the Bournemouth Corporation and became the Town Hall in 1921. The scale and architecture of the building presented quite a challenge when it came to fitting over 800 devices into the Victorian listed structure, but our installation team approached the task with their customary enthusiasm and innovative solutions. The completed project was handed over at the end of June after a period of testing. Our team – Jamie Dennison, Les Curnock and Scott Whatley – worked tirelessly through the project, earning a commendation from the client who said that T H White was the best contractor the town’s facilities team had dealt with since it was set up 20 years ago.