The case of The Royal Clarence in Exeter is a poignant reminder of why sprinkler tanks are a must for historic hotels. The prominent building that stood adjacent to the Cathedral Green was gutted by fire – just hours after firefighters thought a blaze in a neighbouring building was under control.
The fire penetrated the walls and roof of the hotel, eventually leading to a major disaster. The hotel, a landmark building in Exeter’s city centre, is now undergoing an almost complete rebuild. Meanwhile, neighbouring businesses have suffered significant financial loss as a result of reduced footfall. One long-established shoe shop has been forced to close. Other nearby businesses say they have had to diversify to survive.
Hotels and sprinkler tank benefits
Nationwide Water Solutions is the UK’s premier sprinkler tank expert. It says a BBC investigation highlights potential failings in the management of the fire. However, a spokesman said: “All hotels should be fitted with sprinklers and a sprinkler tank. Large hotels need the right quantity of water immediately available to contain a blaze.
“It is always a tragedy when an historic building is lost or severely damaged by fire. We urge hotel owners to invest in automatic sprinklers with a sprinkler tank to provide robust protection.”
Free hotel site surveys
Nationwide Water Solutions offers a free site survey service. It provides detailed reports so that hotel owners know what solutions are suitable for their premises. As well as designing and installing sprinkler tanks in a wide range of shapes and sizes, Nationwide Water Solutions also maintains and refurbishes existing sprinkler tanks.
It offers a guaranteed relining service and also conducts annual, independent inspections of sprinkler tanks. The spokesman pointed out: “Insurance claims can be impacted if you fail to ensure your fire safety equipment is properly maintained. As with all water storage solutions, sprinkler tanks can be prone to rust over time. Detecting and dealing with the first signs of corrosion can ensure a sprinkler tank lasts for years and years.”
For further information visit Nationwide Water Solutions’ website.