Case study

Coventry University Hub

Coventry University’s latest addition to its city centre campus is known as The Hub.

The £32m building has been equipped with P4’s M-Web state of the art self-testing emergency lighting monitoring system. The Hub forms part of a £150m redevelopment programme, which will transform the campus.

The Hub provides the ideal environment for both study and socialising. Throughout the day, the building offers a relaxing environment to meet up with friends or study informally. In the evening it is also a vibrant venue where bars, 700-capacity club, a cinema and performing arts space, tailor-made to deliver an excellent student experience.

The Hub is also the greenest building on campus and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design; construction and operation. It uses ground source cooling, has natural ventilation, solar water heating, a green roof, and is managed by an electronic buildings management system

Colin Griffiths, an electrical engineer at the University, said: 

“Given the scope and size of this exciting new facility, which will be in use around the clock, we needed to ensure that our emergency lighting system would provide the safest, most accurate and convenient remote monitoring procedure through its Local Area Network.” 

The University chose the M-Web monitoring system from P4 as the most proven, reliable, cost effective and flexible self-testing computer addressable solution for the buildings within the complex. They had used M-Web in other locations throughout the University estate, and the system has proved very reliable and straightforward to use.

“We worked well together to meet all the challenges created by the project’s size and scope and to complete the emergency lighting tests. Another significant challenge was to get the lights correctly identified with an accurate location to ease maintenance tasks or carry out repairs efficiently.”

“This is where the good working relationship with the P4 team really paid dividends. We now have a first class system, which complies fully with statutory requirements and frees our engineers to give more time to the many other technical and maintenance tasks on the complex.”

M -Web is an ideal system for this type of building with its unique addressable location, facility to identify a faulty fitting immediately without having to sift through all the drawings and send technicians all over the Centre to locate it. With simplified fault finding, and, because the test procedures, such as the weekly function tests and the deep discharge battery test, are fully automatic, it enables estates managers to run the maintenance operation very efficiently.

Furthermore, with FASTELink M-Web software, they receive an individual report on the performance of each fitting, and when it last did a self-test and a current status report.

P4 also supplied its aesthetically pleasing TriLED and QuadLED LED luminaires to achieve a smaller footprint and superior energy efficient performance for specific locations and for safer evacuation along escape routes and open areas.

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