SigNET’s popular disabled refuge system, SigTEL Compact, has been installed at one of Chester University’s most prestigious buildings as part of a £800,000 redevelopment.

The state-of-the-art disabled refuge system in the newly refurbished Best Building consists of an 8-line flush-mounted master control unit, located in the entrance hall on the ground floor and connected by 2-core enhanced fire rated cable to a remote outstation on the first floor of the building.

In the event of an emergency, SigTEL Compact facilitates effective two-way communication between building management and people located in the refuge area to, firstly, assist rescue teams in determining where assistance is required and, secondly, to reassure people help is on the way.

Says Simon Dwight of Tonetec, the company which carried out the installation: “For most people, a simple instruction like ‘please leave the building by the nearest available exit’ can be acted upon quickly and easily. But for wheelchair users, the disabled and infirm, this isn’t always the case. As current Building Regulations require that all new buildings with more than one storey provide ‘refuge’ areas – relatively safe places where people who cannot easily use fire escapes and evacuation lifts can call for assistance and wait until help arrives – the demand for disabled refuge systems is at an all time high”.

SigNET’s new SigTEL system can be used in all types of emergency voice communication application – be it a disabled refuge, fire telephone or stadium marshalling system. Not only is the system very easy to use, it is hugely cost-effective in comparison to others on the market and is ideal for hotels, leisure centres, theatres, cinemas, galleries, shopping centres and any other non-domestic building with more than one storey.

Adds Simon: “SigTEL Compact is not only fully compliant with BS 5839 Part 9 but also incredibly easy-to-install and operate. Our engineers were amazed that the whole installation was completed within a few hours’.

Four SigNET PDA200E induction loop systems have also been installed in the building’s seminar rooms and a powerful PDA200/2 Pro-Range induction loop system now operates in the 172-seat modern lecture theatre in the building which houses the University’s esteemed Faculty of Social Science.