A Securiton aspirating smoke detection (ASD) system has been selected as the fire protection method for a new cold store to be operated by one of the UK’s major supermarket retailers.
The new 68-truck bay, 30,000 square metre hub in Pineham, near Milton Keynes, has been built alongside an existing 58,000 square metre distribution centre. Located next to Junction 15A of the M1, it will operate as a national frozen food distribution point.
The design involved the inclusion of heated sampling points to prevent any ice build-up. When forklift trucks enter and leave a refrigerated storage area, warm air enters which contains more moisture than the refrigerated air is able to absorb. This results in condensation and the formation of ice which can cover the sampling points of the ASD and prevent air samples from being drawn in. In the event of this occurring, the heated sampling points are automatically activated to keep them free from ice and therefore operating at optimum performance.