Summit Place reaches the peak of safety with SE Controls

An advanced smoke ventilation system from SE Controls Africa, based in Durban, South Africa, is helping ensure that in the event of a fire, occupants of Pretoria’s prestigious Summit Park office development are provided with smoke free escape routes to optimise evacuation times and enhance safety.

Designed by architects Boogertman & Partners and constructed by GD Irons, the new Summit Place development is a landmark multi-use project in the area incorporating a hotel and offices and is located opposite Pretoria’s well known Menlyn Shopping Centre.

The three, multi-storey office buildings within the development, use high end energy efficient glazing in the design, which includes the high level glazed atriums that run along the length of each building.

SE Controls worked closely with the project’s specialist glazing contractor, Diri Aluminium and Smoke Ventilation specialists Curvent International to create a fully automated system for the three buildings, which is linked into Summit Place smoke and fire monitoring system.

Using compact SECO N 24 40 actuators with a 600mm stroke length in all the buildings, together with 24 Volt dc OS2 controllers and manual control point (MCP) switches, the glazed atrium and window vents automatically open in the event of a fire, enabling smoke to be released and keep escape routes clear.

Russell Cramb, General Manager with SE Controls Africa, explained:

“Fire safety is a key consideration for any building, not just major prestige developments, such as Summit Place. By taking an integrated approach and working closely with the architects, contractors and Smoke ventilation specialists such as Curvent International, the final solution is extremely effective and was created specifically around the individual needs of Summit Place. This is one of a number of major projects that we have completed and we were delighted to have played our part in such an important development.”

SE Controls specialises in the design, project management and installation of advanced smoke ventilation and natural ventilation solutions to meet the needs of architects, contractors, building services engineers and facilities managers worldwide. Further information on SE Controls’ products, solutions and projects can be obtained by visiting or calling +27 (0)31 4661857 or +27 82 451 7001.