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Case study: Castle Theatre Celle

Fire protection from WAGNER protects historical castle theatre

Safely protecting visitors and staff, historic architecture, valuable sets and musical instruments from fire: TITANUS® air sampling smoke detectors have been doing exactly that for over seven years as part of an effective and subtle way at Castle Theatre in Celle, a town in Germany’s Lower Saxony region. The horseshoe-shaped auditorium was modelled on Italian 17th century stages while fire engineering behind the scenes meets contemporary standards.

Earliest smoke detection behind the scenes

About the project

As part of the two-year restoration phase between 2010 and 2012 the TITANUS PRO·SENS® air sampling smoke detector system was installed at the Castle Theatre. The core aspect of the project was to line up the challenging architecture with effective fire protection without influencing the listed building.

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Protection objectives

  • Personnel protection
    Employees and visitors not familiar with the location must be protected from fire at all times
  • Protection of the archite
    The baroque architecture must be protected against fire and damage caused by fire
  • Property protection
    Valuable stage sets and musical instruments must be safely protected against fire and consequential damage caused by fire

Aesthetic appeal unaffected

One significant advantage of TITANUS® air sampling smoke detectors compared with conventional smoke detectors is that they can be aesthetically integrated into the architecture without onlookers noticing they are even there. Consequently, low-noise air sampling smoke detectors influence neither the visual nor acoustic properties of this glamorous baroque theatre.

Highly sensitive air sampling smoke detectors continuously take air samples from the ambient air which are then supplied to a sensitive detector module within the air sampling smoke detector. Optical scattered light smoke detectors then analyse the air samples for tiny smoke particles. This enables the earliest possible fire detection and safeguards action can be taken to combat the fire in due time. The system simultaneously provides reliable, very high levels of immunity against false alarms. Thanks to the use of TITANUS® air sampling smoke detectors we can protect irreplaceable historic and cultural assets as well as human life.

Check: customer benefits

  • Aesthetic & discreet
    The ceiling ducts and air sampling openings are almost invisible. Subtile integration into architecture – does not influence the
  • Safety
    Highly sensitive fire detection
  • Time saving
    Gain valuable time thanks to the earliest possible fire detection
  • False alarm proof
    Very high levels of immunity from false alarms thanks to smoke development pattern detection
  • Simple maintenance
    Simple maintenance thanks to easily accessible detectors
  • Very silent
    Very silent – particularly suitable for areas sensitive to noise, such as theatres
  • Reliable
    Long service life – perfect operation for the last seven years

The protection areas

The highly reliable and false-alarm-proof TITANUS PRO-SENS® aspirating smoke detectors not only protect the 300-seat auditorium, as well as the stage including the drawing loft, but also the roof structure above the auditorium. These systems have also been installed in the theatre’s foyer and the lounge featuring the fireplace at the adjacent “Schlosskönig” [king of the castle] café, providing the audience with refreshments during the interval.

About the theatre

The castle in Celle, Lower Saxony, was one of the residences of the House of Brunswick-Lüneburg. The four-wing complex is the largest castle in the region of the southern Lüneburg Heath.

The Castle in Celle represents an impressive witness to the town's exciting history: the Castle Theatre is located at the heart of the baroque stately home, which was established in 1674 by George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. The castle theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Europe with a permanent ensemble. In addition to the auditorium, two studio stages as well as the inner courtyard and HALL 19 are part of the daily operations.

Customer voice

Roberto Langenhan, Technical Director, Castle Theatre Celle

Apart from protecting the architecture, the safety of our staff and the audience (who may be unfamiliar with the facility) are paramountop.