Devon fire safety firm wins £15m Heathrow airport contract

A Devon fire safety company has won a £15 million maintenance contract with Heathrow airport. Trinity Fire & Security Systems is celebrating the multimillion pound deal which will allow the Clyst St Mary firm to increase its presence at the major airport hub. The fire, life safety and security systems specialist will now provide a maintenance contract for Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) over the next five years. This is a renewal of a previous five-year contract to provide maintenance of fire and life safety systems for five HAL business units including Terminal 1, Terminal 3, landside properties, airside properties and HEX.

In addition, the Exeter firm, which had annual revenue of £22 million in 2014 and employs 294 people around the UK, will also now be providing maintenance for Terminal 4. Trinity bosses said part of the success of this bid can be attributed to Trinity’s response to Heathrow’s sustainability drive through a commitment to using electric vehicles within its business fleet. While the initial contract supported fire alarms, public address voice alarm (PAVA) systems, fire extinguishers, hose reels, gas detection and suppression systems, smoke ventilation and stair pressurisation systems, the new contract includes maintenance of sprinklers, dry and wet risers, fire dampers, foam suppression systems and water mist suppression systems.
To meet the additional demands of the contracts, Trinity has recruited 22 extra team members with the required skills, and, as part of ongoing training and development, existing engineers were upskilled in time for the start of the contract in January 2016.

The second of the contracts saw Trinity awarded a £6.5 million contract for the replacement of the fire and PAVA systems at Terminal 3. Trinity director, Adam Davies, who leads the Heathrow team from its dedicated office at the airport, said: