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4 October 1999

The National Portrait Gallery has chosen HI-FOG to protect exhibition rooms in the new NPG2000 extension currently under construction in the heart of London. The prestigious new development will transform the world's largest portrait gallery by giving 50% more exhibition and public space.

The National Portrait GalleryThe HI-FOG water mist sprinkler system will be based on the company's successful marine system which is currently being fitted to over half the new cruise ships in the world.

Chris Amey, Head of Safety & Security explained why HI-FOG was chosen: "The fires at Hampton Court and Windsor Castle, as well as the Norwich library fire jolted everyone responsible for heritage building safety, and the decision was taken to look for an active fire protection system for this nationally important project. HI-FOG was chosen because it is highly efficient at suppressing fires with only a small amount of water.

In addition the system has been shown to absorb smoke, which can cause huge damage to artworks in other parts of the building. Funds permitting we'd like to retrofit the rest of the building too"