Fire Alarm Upgrades for Theatre

Customer requirement

RES were invited to tender for the upgrade of the Fire Alarm System at this prestigious theatre venue in Berkshire where we were responsible or the regular servicing of the Fire Alarm and Extinguishers.

The venue needed a number of recommended system upgrades following on from refurbishment to the main bar area and upper floors.

About the venue

The Mill at Sonning has been entertaining guests for over 30 years and provides a unique dining and intimate theatre experience for over 200 guests at a time.

This historic building dates back to around 1890 and its traditional water wheel which can still be seen and was last used to mill flour in 1969.


Our team of specialist fire alarm engineers were able to install the specified new control panels, optical smoke detectors, call points
and magnetic door retainers.

During the installation careful attention was made to ensure minimal disruption to the premises. For the renovated bar area, wireless devices were used to minimise the need for additional wiring.

Performance Mode

RES implemented a performance mode so that if the fire alarm is activated during a live performance, staff members are initially alerted, allowing them to investigate before the general alarm is sounded.

We also linked the sprinkler system to the main fire alarm panel so that if a sprinkler is activated the fire alarm is triggered.

On completion, an Operating & Maintenance Manual was produced for the customer to document the entire fire alarm system.


Our customer now has a fully compliant and functioning fire alarm system which, in the event of a fire, will help to alert staff and

Work was carried out on time and to budget. RES continue to service and maintain the system, providing total fire safety and peace of mind.

“We have had a fire extinguisher contract with RES for over 25 years. During this time we have found the service to be outstanding.

With this history of service we asked RES to quote for our fire alarm upgrade we found the quote to be competitive. When it came to the insulation of all the new system we found the whole process was completed very smoothly and on time. Best of all is the after sales service, Fantastic!”                       

David Vass, Managing Director