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17 April 2018

More than 15,000 students and staff at Chichester College, one of the largest education institutions in the South of England, are now being protected by industry-leading fire panels from Advanced.

Opened in 1964, the West Sussex college’s main campus houses over 5,000 full-time students studying A-Levels, BTEC Diplomas, NVQs and many other vocational qualifications. The campus has been substantially upgraded and refurbished in recent years, including a £3 million project to improve and extend the college’s hospitality training facilities in 2016.

MxPro 5 panels from Advanced were selected to protect the new facilities, which were built by Amiri Construction. Chichester-based PA Fire Systems installed the new system, which also includes an Advanced TouchControl touch screen repeater panel and over 300 individual components.

Mark Cook, Managing Director at PA Fire Systems, commented: “This refurbishment and extension project, which includes public restaurants and a café, was a major investment for Chichester College, so a cutting-edge fire system was needed to protect it. As a long-standing Advanced partner, we felt that MxPro was the obvious choice to meet the stipulated requirements for the fire system.”

The MxPro 5 is the leading multiprotocol fire panel range available and offers high-performance fire detection and alarm control across multi-panel networks and multiple sites. MxPro 5 panels are EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 approved. They can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high-speed, 200-panel networks covering huge areas.

MxPro offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support. Advanced’s legendary ease of installation and configuration make MxPro customisable to almost any application.

Phil Calvey, Advanced Sales Manager for the South West, commented: “Advanced panels are now installed in a number of educational establishments from Edinburgh University to Brighton College. MxPro offers an unbeatable mix of innovation, quality and reliability, combined with intuitive operation, training and support, making it ideal for installations like this one.”

Julie Sleeman, Chief Operating Officer at Chichester College, said: “The redevelopment of Block B was a major commitment for us and, as it plays host to diners in the restaurants and cafés, it is also part of the public face of the college. We needed the right fire system to cover this block, including kitchens, dining rooms, teaching spaces and communal areas, and, after working with PA Fire, MxPro seemed the ideal solution.”

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease of use of its products sees Advanced specified in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large, multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems. More details can be found on the website at

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