Vue Cinema, Westfield London

The Bigger Picture:

Solid State has completed a major project at a futuristic new 14-screen cinema in London.

Located in the Westfield London Shopping Centre, near the BBC TV centre in Shepherds Bush, Vue Westfield is the biggest all-digital cinema in Europe and features two super-sized large format screens the size of four double-decker buses.

The BAFE accredited company installed a wealth of electrical equipment including a series of C-TEC’s sophisticated 24V EN54-4 compliant power supplies control the aspirating system which continuously samples air for the smallest traces of smoke to provide early warning smoke detection in the event of a fire.

Another key component of the cinema’s life safety systems is SigNET’s Integrity voice alarm system which functions as a fully integrated voice alarm, public address and background music system. In an emergency, Integrity will provide a complete people warning system to effectively evacuate the cinema. The paging console is situated in the manager’s office so live announcements can be made as and when required. A C-TEC SigTEL disabled refuge system has also been installed on site.

Emergency alarm facilities are provided by C-TEC’s Quantec addressable call system for the cinema’s eleven disabled washrooms. Each toilet area features a call point and ceiling pull unit. Every call triggered is displayed on the Quantec network controller housed in the reception area to alert staff that there is a problem. As an additional safeguard, Quantec addressable over-door light and sounders are fitted outside each room to flash and sound in an emergency.