Johnson Controls delivers bespoke fire detection and extinguishment system for Frasers Group – Europe’s largest automated warehouse

March 23, 2023


Protecting people, property and assets with fire detection, suppression and extinguishing solutions from Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings has delivered a fully integrated fire detection, suppression and extinguishment system for British retail group Frasers Group at its Mansfield site – one of Europe's largest automated warehouses.

The project builds on the existing relationship with Frasers Group, where Johnson Controls have uniquely collaborated on the sprinkler systems sitewide since the building’s construction. Drawing on Johnson Controls’ fire safety expertise, the new system offers early and reliable thermal imaging and extinguishment 24 hours a day in a combined system to protect stock.

Delivered to meet the requirements for this type of environment, the cameras detect fires from inception, identifying the exact location of the incident despite high levels of smoke in the event of fire, achieving final extinguishment.

The new system enables water monitors to be both automatically and manually operated by senior personnel or the fire brigade, rotating the cannons remotely to ensure that damage is kept to a minimum in the event of fire. This dual approach, offering automatic and manual intervention, goes beyond FMDS 8-34 requirements for manual intervention, delivering a robust fire protection system.

“Delivering a robust fire detection and extinguishment system in this unique space was no easy feat. Working together with Frasers Group and external stakeholders, we have implemented a fire strategy and system that can deal with any risk quickly and safely, despite the constraints of the architecture.”

Johnson Controls

“Our just-in-time business model means that any unplanned disruption to our warehouse operations would greatly affect our bottom line. Continuing our long-standing relationship with Johnson Controls, we have been able to build a fire safety system that not only satisfies our stakeholders and insurers but ensures continuity in the face of crisis.”

Frasers Group

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See the system in action

Johnson Controls successfully delivered a bespoke fire system for one of Europe's largest autostore systems at the Frasers Group site in Mansfield.

Drawing on Johnson Control's fire safety expertise, the new system offers early and reliable fire detection and extinguishment 24 hours a day across the whole site.

Guests were invited from the insurance sector and local fire authorities to witness a live test of the newly installed system.

Watch the video to see the system in action