Llandrindod Wells Combined Services Centre in Powys is a central facility for the police, fire service and magistrates  in the heart of Wales.

Images courtesy of John Weaver Construction

Client Overview

Llandrindod Wells Combined Services Centre for Police, Fire Brigade and Magistrates’ Court encourages collaborative working and is the first of its kind in Wales.

The centre houses the emergency services, along with training facilities, offices and workshops designed for use by communities right across the county of Powys.

The state-of-the-art new build, which was developed by John Weaver Construction, achieved BREEAM’s ‘good rating’ and is valued at over £5 million.

Project Brief

Vaughan Sound was appointed to the contract by MITIE Engineering Services, the project’s property management consultants.

Working with mechanical and electrical engineers McCann and Partners, Vaughan Sound was invited to supply, install, test and commission a specialist life safety system for the centre’s magistrates’ court and fire station.

The client also requested an audio-visual solution for the lecture and conference rooms within the police and fire stations.

Technical Solutions

For the life safety scheme in the magistrates’ court, Vaughan Sound opted for Baldwin Boxall’s VIGIL Eclipse voice evacuation system.

Designed to distribute evacuation messages during an emergency, the system was specified for its reliability and compliance with British Standards (BS 5839-8).

The team programmed the product into four zones: the court rooms, waiting area, security room and custody area.

By zoning the system, staff have the option to relay different messages to different areas of the building. For example, if the court rooms and custody area needed to be evacuated, the system could be utilised to distribute pre-recorded messages to these specific zones without concerning those situated in the waiting area and security room.

Another key feature of the system is that it can be used for general announcements and background music purposes, as well as emergency broadcasts, ultimately offering the client superb flexibility.

An infrared induction loop system was also provided for the magistrates’ court and the privacy and waiting areas.

Designed to assist the hearing impaired, Sennheiser and Current Thinking products were selected for this installation.

To alert staff if an affray arises, a panic alarm was additionally incorporated within the courts and custody areas.

A disabled toilet alarm was also integrated into the system and can be monitored from the control room and reception desk.

The fire station itself benefitted from a public address system that can be utilised as an alarm to indicate any incoming emergency calls.

For the audio-visual aspect of the contract, Vaughan Sound specified a package comprising of Mitsubishi projectors, an electric projection screen, in-wall speakers and custom AMX controllers.

Installed in the lecture and conference rooms within the police and fire stations, the equipment solution is perfect for presentation and meeting use.


Vaughan Sound successfully provided the Combined Services Centre with a specialist life safety sound and audio-visual scheme.

The team capably supplied, installed, tested and commissioned the equipment ensuring the highest standard of product integration.

Completed on time and within budget, Vaughan Sound was thrilled to be involved in this pioneering project.


“The project was a great success and our team are very happy with the completed installation.

“We thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Vaughan Sound and were very impressed with the professionalism, expertise and efficiency they showed in meeting the project brief and providing technical solutions for the Combined Services Centre.”

– Dan Carter, Electrical Engineer (McCann and Partners)

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Project info

ClientDyfed Powys Police, HMCS Fire & Rescue Service, Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service
LocationPowys, Wales
EquipmentDisabled Toilet Alarm, Induction Loop, Multimedia Projection, Panic Alarm, Translation System, Voice Alarm

Key Products

Llandrindod Wells Combined Services Centre - Magistrates' Court - Vaughan Sound
Llandrindod Wells Combined Services Centre - Entrance - Vaughan Sound