VMU Gas Detection System


The Vehicle Maintenance Unit at Waitrose & Partners Distribution Centre in Bracknell was the one of the first of its kind for the partnership as they embarked on upgrading their diesel trucks to more efficient versions.

KBS were approached by Main contractors Woodward & Co for the electrical design & Installation with the specification produced by Synergy Building Services.

With a lot of firsts this project didn’t come without its challenges & with the new trucks being powered by Methane which is not only more energy efficient but also very flammable & explosive, so detection is Paramount. During the 4 Week construction programme KBS worked alongside other contractors to design, Install & commission a gas detection system.

The detection system is a number of Vesda control panels which are continually monitoring for methane. Once methane has been detected this will send a signal to a new BMS control panel which in turn will shutdown the buildings electrical panels & start a series of extractor Fans.

Services Provider

  • Electrical Installation
  • Small Power
  • Main Switch Panels & Distribution Systems
  • BMS Systems
  • Fire Alarm
  • Containment Systems
  • Data Systems
  • Atex rated Equipment
  • Test & Commission