Manton Wood 4

Value: £120,000

Start Date: 1st November
End Date: Present


Manton Wood 4 is an existing warehousing logistics centre which is state of the art distribution warehouse, which was purchased from Wilkinson’s in 2023.

The site has been developed as a multi-user facility and has multiple contracts running across the site. The site benefits from being a Top Tier COMAH registered warehouse, which enables occupiers to store hazardous materials in the facility safely. Manton Wood is a fully bonded facility in which goods can be stored, manufactured, or packaged without payment of duty

The Manton Wood site incorporates an industry leading Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), as well as advanced cranes designed to be 20% more energy efficient than the norm. The automation will handle approximately 75% of overall site volume, making it highly labour efficient at a time when qualified labour is extremely challenging to recruit.

In addition to the building’s environmental features, the site is also operating one of the UK’s first all-electric shunt vehicles, capable of recharging during shift changeovers for continuous operation.

  • The property comprises a state-of-the-art distribution warehouse extending to 538,280 sq ft.
  • Developed by DHL as a multi-user facility, the site has multiple contracts running along with the fully automated high bay area.
  • The site benefits from being a Top Tier COMAH registered warehouse, which enables occupiers to store hazardous materials in the facility safely.
  • Manton Wood is a fully bonded facility in which goods can be stored, manufactured, or packaged without payment of duty.
  • Manton Wood has become an established logistics location with national occupiers


A tall image showcasing an aerial view of Manton Wood and the indoors.
Following on from a site visit to provide a Health Check for DHL in November 2023, it was apparent that there was a great deal of works needed to be undertaken to have the site Fire compliant.

There were 96 faults spread across a 12 panel GENT Vigion networked system. There are 44 FAAST Aspirators within the main warehouse & 24 fire beams in the High Bay area, 12 of the faults were due to faulty batteries, dirty filters and broken pipework within the Aspiration system. We found open Loop faults on most of the panels where there were broken cables and faulty devices. There were network issues with some of the cabling between the panels was broken and also numerous faults in the office area.

The system was connected to an external office block which was used previously by Wilkinson’s staff but was no longer required by DHL

A plan was formulated to resolve these issues and work to a fault free, efficient Fire system, which included taking software downloads from all panels, highlighting all of the issues and a cost to correct these faults. Below are the actions which we took:

1.Resolve Loop split issues and replace detection and cabling where required.
2.Replace x88 back up batteries in the Aspirator units, replace x44 filters, clean out the pipework and test.
3.Install x8 interface units to the ;site cardboard compactors.
4.Install x8 interface units to the Heating controllers for the Warehouse.
5.Install x10 Interface units to the Sprinkler system.
6.Replace faulty PCB within one of the Warehouse fire panels.
7.Install x3 interface units for the Access controlled Auto doors in Reception.
8.Reprogram the full system by flashing out all of the devices and then grouping them into their correct Zones.
9.Issu an updated Zone chart for the whole site.
10.Full service carried out on the Warehouse, offices and adjoining buildings.

Since this work has been carried out, there has been issues out of our control regarding the High Bay, where there is yet be power supplied to that area, once energized, there are 3 Fire panels and all the devices in that area which will require checking and possible remedial works undertaken.

There is a new software package being used, Nimbus which allows our client the ability to view the whole Fire system through a PC set up on the site managers PC, which will allow site to monitor events on site from one location instead of having to visit individual panels for information, this is also being used by the Facilities Manager on their smart phone. On this software, all of the paperwork relating to the Fire system form Zicam and site can be stored on there and also an accurate recording of service schedules, devices tested and certification can be viewed from one device.


An aerial view of the Manton Wood location.
Assessment and Planning: the specific needs of client were assessed by our Project Manager and a comprehensive fire alarm plan was developed. This involved determining the number and location of smoke detectors, heat detectors, sprinklers, and other necessary components.

System Design: Once the assessment is complete, a fire alarm system design was created. This included selecting the appropriate equipment, such as control panels, sirens, and notification devices, that meet the requirements of the space and comply with safety regulations.

Wiring and Circuit Installation: The necessary wiring and circuits were installed on site to connect the various components of the fire alarm system. This included running wires from the control panel to each detector and notification device, ensuring proper connectivity and functionality.

Detector and Device Installation: Once the wiring is in place, our engineering team attended site install smoke detectors, heat detectors and other devices the designated locations. These devices are strategically placed to provide optimal coverage and early detection of fires.

Control Panel Installation and Programming: The control panel, which serves as the central hub of the fire alarm system, was installed and programmed. This involves setting up the system parameters, configuring alarm zones, and conducting tests to ensure its proper operation.

Testing and Commissioning: After the installation is complete, our engineers conducted thorough testing and commissioning to ensure that the fire alarm system functions correctly. This includes simulating fire scenarios, checking the responsiveness of detectors and notification devices, and verifying the system's ability to communicate alarms to the designated monitoring station.

Ongoing Maintenance and Monitoring: Once the fire alarm system was operational, regular maintenance and monitoring are essential to ensure its continued effectiveness. This includes periodic inspections, testing, and addressing any issues or repairs that may arise.


An image of the interior of Manton Wood.
Following on from the recent works to the Fire system, our client has a working system, which will be complete once the High Bay works are undertaken. All Manual Call points have been labelled with the Loop, Device and Zone numbers on each one, the Aspirators, panels have all been identified in a similar way, with CAD drawings drawn up to show where each device is on the Zone plan. We are now looking at the Gas Suppression system within the Office and Warehouse areas to maintain the standards already set with the Fire alarm system.

Nimbus Go

Following changes to the Building Safety Act and in keeping with the “Golden Thread” of the Hackitt Report, fire companies are choosing to digitize their fire safety information. In doing so they are becoming more:

✓ Compliant
✓ Efficient
✓ Transparent
✓ Attractive

Site opted for the use of NimbusGo which is a smart fire tool that keeps on-site engineers connected to the fire panel as they carry out servicing and commissioning. This connection allows for immediate feedback from tested assets accessible via the Nimbus Engineer App, logging all activity in secure cloud servers. It allows site to watch over all their onsite panels through an app on the phone or a PC

This data is presented back to key stakeholders in the Nimbus Web Portal as an infinite Service log and calculates percentages of devices tested and passed during the current service period.

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