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september 2019

Department for Transport – Horseferry Road London

BDS have been awarded the Strip Out, & CAT A & B Fitout – Value £285K

The Department for Transport is the government department responsible for the English transport network and a limited number of transport matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that have not been devolved. Fire Alarm (Morley & Apollo) & Voice Alarms, Disable Toilet alarm and Refuge.


september 2019

BDS employ their 4th apprentice!

BDS continues to employ the next generation of fire alarm engineers. We now have 4 apprentices working with us to gain as much experience as possible, whilst gaining their college qualifications. Our apprentices will work alongside our fully qualified engineers gaining experience in maintenance, installation and commissioning. BDS work closely alongside their chosen colleges throughout the 3 years to assure the apprentices get as much support as possible.


september 2019

Premier House, Devonshire Square

BDS have been awarded the fit out of Life safety systems to Premier House, Devonshire Square The £500K Project is in association with our long-term client Bancroft and consists of an Advanced Fire alarm system with Hochiki protocol, Baldwin Boxall PAVA system combining the WC panic alarm, as well as fire suppression systems to the MCR room & 2 x LV rooms.


august 2019

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disdablility West Hill, SW15

Three recent projects at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability undertaken by BDS:

Nurses Home: Upgrade of the fire alarm system from Static systems to an Advanced three loop system utilising Apollo protocol. All works carried out whilst occupied by the residence. When the system was completed it was the connected to the site wide network increasing it to 27 advanced panel network

Haberdashers House: Upgrade of the existing non-addressable system to an Analogue Advanced control panel utilising Apollo protocol. The existing radial circuits where re-wired and configured to a new 2-loop system. Once completed, this again was connected to the site wide network increasing to 28 panel network

Evitt Ward: This ward has just undertaken a complete refurbishment and the fire alarm system upgraded to include VAD devices and reduced sounder levels for staff notification as to HTM 05:03


august 2019

BDS ride the PRU 100

MD Kevin Blyde rode the PRU 100 with his sons Harry & George on the 4th August raising 0ver £2K for the Alzheimer’s Society Kevin added It was a great opportunity to raise some money for a worthwhile cause and enjoy a day out with my sons


july 2019

McCann World Group, Level 5,6,7 & 8 135 Bishopsgate London.

CAT B Fit Out – Value £278K

McCann, formerly McCann Erickson, is an American global advertising agency network, with offices in 120 countries. Fire Alarm (Gent Vigilon) & Voice alarm connecting into Existing Landlords Network Panels.


july 2019

Davidson Lodge

BDS have been awarded the Supply install & Commission of the Fire alarm systems at Davidson Lodge. This grade two listed building was opened in 1850 under the auspices of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution “with great ceremony”. The building had 40 rooms for elderly Freemasons. BDS combined the Notifier Pearl panel with Aspirating detection in the basement areas and the new Agile Radio detectors in the residential areas


july 2019

Saffron Heights. Cladding risked closure of Building

Receiving an unexpected call from the MD of Cooltech on a Saturday morning swung BDS into action The Cladding on the building was deemed unsafe following an inspection and the local authorities were demanding enhanced fire detection be installed our brief was to supply temporary Fire detection to a seven-story block of flats to both the common areas and dwellings, and interface this with the smoke extract system including repairs to a roof vent. A radio survey was conducted on Monday Morning while our engineers started validating the existing system, We had the fire alarm equipment on site by Tuesday to start the installation on Friday 26th at 11AM were we able to demonstrate to Camden council and the local fire officer that the system was fit for purpose and all cause and effects operating correctly. A job well done under a very tight time frame


june 2019

St Georges Hospital Blackshaw Road. SW17

St George’s Hospital has undergone a major overhaul of its energy facilities which will reduce annual carbon emissions by 6,000 tonnes, the same amount produced by 3,000 cars. Fire protection was installed by BDS using Gent S-quad devices and Honeywell IR3 flame detectors
Deep Learning Video Analytics (DLVA) takes this to the next level, dramatically improving the level of accuracy of Analytics with a great impact upon false alarm filtering capabilities. However, costs associated with DLVA have limited its usage in the mass market as specialist recorders have been required to handle the processing needs of the technology.
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june 2019

Timothy Taylor Gallery- London

BDS were awarded the supply install and commission of a brand-new CCTV system at the Timothy Taylor Gallery in London. Timothy Taylor is a modern and contemporary art gallery in Mayfair, London, owned and founded by the art dealer Timothy Taylor we were asked to install a Concept Pro system, with deep learning analytics:
Deep Learning Video Analytics (DLVA) takes this to the next level, dramatically improving the level of accuracy of Analytics with a great impact upon false alarm filtering capabilities. However, costs associated with DLVA have limited its usage in the mass market as specialist recorders have been required to handle the processing needs of the technology.
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may 2019

Asos, Watford Phase 2.

CAT A & B - £187K

Fire Alarms & Disable Refuge and Disable Toilet Alarms. ASOS plc is a British online fashion and cosmetic retailer. The company was founded in 2000 in London, primarily aimed at young adults. The website sells over 850 brands as well as its own range of clothing and accessories, and ships to all 196 countries from fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe. Network of 3 Gent Vigilon panels across 3 Blocks and 48 Way Baldwin Boxall Omnicare System. Asos Phase 1 was completed in early 2018 and is now to undergo refurbishment with each floor to be redesigned with new office layouts.


may 2019

NSI Site Audit at Refurbished Wimbledon Members’ Lounge

Each year our BAFE SP203-1 Accreditation is audited by our UKAS certified NSI Inspector, and this year’s audit included a site visit to our recently completed ‘Notifier’ Fire Detection and Alarm installation, at the newly refurbished Members Lounge at The All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon, SW19.


april 2019

BDS embrace FIA Competency Qualifications

As from 1st January 2018 The FIA realised that due to the new BS EN 16763:2017 ‘Services for Fire Safety and Security Systems’ guidance where Competency is dealt with, that professional education followed by an extensive test of that knowledge by way of written exams would have to be the future, this would entail the successful passing of the exams, in an Ofqual approved independently recognised qualification in four key areas; they being design, installation, commissioning and maintenance. So, FIA Members wanted more comprehensive training for their Fire Detection and Alarm Technicians which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. Even though this would require twice as much training at twice the cost of current FIA training courses, most members indicated that they would be willing to invest. So out with the old courses and in with the new! BDS have started the new regime of courses and will continue until every engineer is Level 3 qualified, competent and Certificated!


april 2019

Croydon council sheltered housing surveys

BDS were approached by Croydon Council to assist in undertaking a number of validation reports on their sheltered housing schemes. There was a total of 24 schemes which encompassed a variety of building ranging from 12 storey high rise flats to 2 storey low rise sheltered schemes for the retired. BDS were able to compile concise and informative reports detailing the current state of each sites life safety systems (fire alarms, emergency lights, dry risers and call systems) and provided these to Croydon Council. These will be used moving forward as a guidance into future recommendations.


april 2019

Ford Dunton Canteen now completed

Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre is a major automotive research and development facility in Essex. The site at Dunton is going through a major transformation following Ford’s announcement that it is to consolidate its UK headquarters there. Ford wanted to transform the previous canteen into a modern, vibrant, multi-use area where its 3,500 staff could hold meetings, socialize and eat. BDS provided the Supply Installation and commissioning services for the Fire, Access Control, Sprinklers and PA system working for AMD Environmental


March 2019

Equinox Gym – St. Helens Place, London

CAT B Fit Out – Value £78K

Equinox Fitness is an American luxury fitness company which operates several separate fitness brands: Equinox, PURE Yoga, Blink Fitness, and SoulCycle. Within Equinox's portfolio of brands, there are more than 135 locations within major cities across the United States, as well as in London, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Its global headquarters is in New York City, where there are currently 36 locations. Advanced Electronics and Apollo using ICAM IAS Aspirating Smoke Detector in many Areas. Tendering for 2nd Equinox Project in Shoreditch with another 3 in the pipeline.


March 2019

BDS invest £3,000 with 4 new POL-200-TS loop testers

The POL-200-TS loop tester is a versatile measurement and analysis tool that assists technicians with the installation and maintenance of fire detection systems. The POL-200-TS recognizes all addressable loop elements with the CLIP / OPAL / ADVANCED Notifier, Morley IAS, System Sensor and Honeywell protocols. In addition, the loop tester is portable and easy to use so you can work loop by loop before the panel is installed from any location on the loop


February 2019

bds does fashion.

Balenciaga Sloane Street, London & Fenwick Shopping centre BDS installed a brand-new access control system for the well-known, high end Fashion retailer, Balenciaga. In addition to this, we also carried our works at Fenwick shopping centre which involved the installation of a networked access control system


January 2019

New Year, New System.

BDS are dedicated to staying up to date with all the latest technology so have invested in a new job management system. CLIK enables us to better communicate with our customers, track jobs from start to finish and most importantly, complete jobs and invoicing more efficiently without the use of paperwork.


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