The M&E work has begun on the prestigious O2 Arena Development, part of a £121m scheme which will see the development of a new InterContinental hotel, residential apartments building and conference centre facilities. Balfour Beatty, the construction firm behind the Greenwich development, broke ground in a ceremony last month marking the start of works to regenerate the 7.6 acre site.
The centrepiece of the development will be ‘The InterContinental London The O2’, a 19 storey, 452 room five-star hotel containing a massive 4,800m2 of space for conferences and events. The development will also include The Peninsula Tower, a 23 storey building offering 100 serviced apartments with views across the Thames and South London.
Hesis, a company that specialises in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance for M&E and fire and security across the UK, won the contract to provide the fire and security systems across the entire site.
Hesis selected a Gent by Honeywell fire detection and alarm (FD&A) solution to be installed throughout the three buildings. The company is part of the Gent 24 Network and was recently awarded Elite System Integrator status. This achievement means Hesis has been recognised as supplying, designing, installing and commissioning Gent equipment to the highest standards.
The hotel has been designed to be sustainable to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards and has been built on land reclaimed from previously polluted soil and will have the latest sustainable features such as ‘green’ roofs and surrounds to harvest water to reduce demand on the mains supply.
Construction for the project will be carried out in just two years, helped by the innovative building techniques, and the installation for the FD&A system is due to be completed at the end of this year.