Case study

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research universities. Its large estate has been progressively equipped with P4 Limited’s pioneering products and services.
University of Southampton

The Challenge

The University was building an £80m new student residence, Mayflower Halls, to house 1,100 students from September 2014. As part of the build, the University’s estate management team needed to incorporate an efficient, cost-effective and sustainable programme of emergency lighting. With the building and apartments in use 24 hours a day, it was vital that systems maintenance would be as unobtrusive as possible.

What we did

  • Installed P4’s state of the art M-web+, a fully automatic, addressable self-testing lighting monitoring system, with 16 Collector Boxes.
  • Provided around 1,200 emergency lights along corridors and in circulation areas, plant room and gym.


  • Remote monitoring of emergency light performance from the University’s estates department three miles away.
  • Significantly reduced energy consumption thanks to LED luminaires and highly efficient connectivity.
  • Self-fault detection has already saved thousands of pounds through improved efficiency; employees are no longer required to test individual fittings outside of normal working hours.


Alan Mitchell, Principal engineer at University of Southampton, said:

“P4’s product quality and service has been excellent over the years. We consider them to be trusted partners for our emergency lighting. As a University, we encourage innovation – P4 are consistently at the cutting edge of self-test technology, complimenting this and listen actively to our needs.


P4 commissioned another of our 85 buildings recently – Mayflowers Halls – giving me peace of mind that we are compliant. More importantly, that we are giving our students the level of protection they deserve.”

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