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Kentec protects the Mary Rose museum
Published:  03 June, 2013

Kentec fire control panels are at the heart of a fire system thatís designed to protect the stunning and unique £27m new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouthís Historic Dockyard where King Henry VIIIís flagship is now housed.

The Mary Rose, built in 1509, sank in 1545 in the Solent near Portsmouth during a battle with the French fleet. When the ship capsized, its starboard side became embedded in clay below the soft sediment of the seabed, enabling it to survive intact.

Discovered in 1971 and raised in 1982, the ship has been sprayed for the last 18 years with a chemical to preserve its fragile timbers. This spray was switched off for the duration of the museum fit-out phase, allowing the ship to be air-dried in a highly controlled, airtight environment within a hot box thatís enclosed by the museumís new external envelope.

In this new museum its hull is displayed behind glass windows, where visitors are able to view the historic hull (the museum opened to the public on May 31).

As part of the fire safety strategy, horizontal evacuation is provided by open stairs, to allow simultaneous evacuation of the whole museum. An L1 automatic fire detection designed around a Kentec 4 loop Addressable Fire Detection System is fitted throughout with the main structural frame having a 60-minute fire resistance.