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About us: History

Some highlights from over the last 32 years:

1986 Impulse Engineering limited was formed in 1986 registered in England & Wales. Richard Pearse, Eric Newman & Clive Bullen were the founding directors. Its operational base and headquarters were located in Bordon, Hampshire, UK.
1987 Woolmer Trading Estate unitThe business moved to the well-established Woolmer Trading Estate, Bordon Hampshire. Contracts of interest included Specialist Term Electrical Contract for the Department of Transport at the Transport & Road Research Laboratory and the well-known lighthouse that featured in the children’s TV programme Fraggle Rock. NICEIC certification obtained.
1989 A major contract for the Central Computer & Telecommunications Agency (UK Government) installing systems on UK and German RAF bases. The Bank of England became a customer.
1990 Impulse wins a substantial national support contract for a cash & carry business. Cable & Wireless became a customer.
1991 After many projects including air traffic control Sofia, Bulgarian state railway and the national metalworking and robotics organisation; Impulse Security Systems was formed and operated as a joint venture subsidiary of Impulse UK.
1992 Contracts won in the year included a production plant in the Dominican Republic and the well-known Bishop Rock lighthouse.  After being involved in a serious car accident Richard Pearse never returned to the business fully.
1994 Clive Bullen left the business and Eric Newman took control. The business was restructured, new directors and consultants appointed, a program of radical change was embarked upon. The market had changed and Impulse Engineering needed to be more focussed on its core business of providing turnkey solutions to fire and security engineering requirements.
1995 Oil platform in the Douglas fieldThe IT engineering and sales activity transferred into a new venture named The Technology Centre. TTC was created to serve the SOHO market for information technology services. Company awarded what is believed to be the first installation of an FM200® fire suppression system on an offshore installation.
1996 Impulse win a substantial contract to design, supply and install 40 networked analogue fire detection and alarm systems in the Falkland Islands. The National Trust joins a growing list of high quality clients that have been served by the company.
1997 Company awarded contract by the Falkland Island Government Air Service (FIGAS) for the provision of fire detection and alarm systems at their international airport in Port Stanley and works at Government House, Port Stanley are awarded.
1998 The company quality assurance system written to BS5750 and adopted in the mid-nineties  is  certified to ISO9000 by the BSI. Certificate Number FS45210.
1999 The company purchased the freehold of Crabtree House in Headley, Hampshire. The new head office location being within a few miles of the existing office. The company relocates all office and support staff, opening at Crabtree House on the 14th June. Company awarded Integrity 2000 accreditation for intruder alarm systems with a police response.
2000 Impulse are awarded a design, supply and install contract by the Ministry of Defence for 35 fire and intruder detection systems. The sites are located from the Scottish islands to the Mediterranean.
2003 Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 constructionThe construction site and infrastructure supporting the BAA T5 build at Heathrow airport needed a support contractor to look after fire detection and alarm systems. AMEC tendered the opportunity and Impulse won the contract.
2004 Tim Beacham joined the company.  A multi-site support contract was awarded to the company by the South East Reserve Forces (Territorial Army).
2005 The Ministry of Defence let their new regional prime contract to Interserve Defence & SSE, a joint venture company called PriDE; Impulse are awarded specialist subcontractor works in fire & security systems. ISO9001 accreditation is moved from the BSI to NQA under the 2000 standard.
2006 The freehold of Bentley Park is acquired. A major renovation of the building is started to construct a purpose built facility.
2007 BAFE SP203 Scheme - Accreditation achieved. The company moves into Bentley Park; Crabtree House is placed on the market for disposal. We return to the Falkland Islands to carry out an upgrade to the FIGAS system.
2008 Impulse are awarded a contract to replace fire detection systems in London palaces by The Royal Household. A support contract is also awarded.
2009 Broadlands House, the historic home of Earl Mountbatten and now Lord & Lady Brabourne is undergoing a 50year M&E refit. Impulse wins the fire detection, alarms and security systems works. The ISO9001:2008 standard accredited by NQA.
2010 Needles LighthouseThe National Trust (Wessex region) award two framework contracts - Impulse win one of them. We return to Dyrham Park to replace the control equipment installed during the 1996 installation. We also returned to The Needles Lighthouse to replace the control equipment installed in 1995. Tim Beacham was appointed a director of the company.
2011 Knight Frank award the company a contract to replace the fire detection and alarm systems in Waterhouse Square, a landmark building in the centre of London. The Royal Household award a contract to replace the aging voice alarm system in Buckingham Palace.
2013 Amey Community Ltd tender a support contract for NPL, the National Physical Laboratory based in Teddington, Middlesex, which occupies an 84 acre site. Impulse are awarded the contract. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) is an acute teaching hospital which includes the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Sussex Eye Hospital. The hospital trust tendered and awarded a contract for the ongoing support of their fire detection and alarm systems. Certificate of recognition issued by the NICEIC for 25 years of Approved Contractor status received.
2014 Taktis, Kentec Electronics' new generation fire detection and alarm control equipment is installed as a beta in standalone and as part of a much larger 8-panel network with voice alarm integration. The Council of the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations tender a national contract for new systems on multiple sites. Impulse are awarded the contract.
2015 1st January: Impulse Engineering is granted a Royal Warrant of appointment to Her Majesty the Queen – Supplier of Fire Detection, Suppression & Alarm Systems. Impulse Engineering join the growing number of firms making a Corporate Covenant to the Armed Forces.
2016 31st January: The company celebrates 30 years of service to its customers. The first year of a framework contract to deliver overseas works saw us active in Guyana South America, Beijing China, Oman and Africa. A decision was taken to move our third party accreditations from the SSAIB to the NSI and add ISO14001, BAFE SP101 BAFE SP203-4.
2017 February: Impulse Engineering is awarded NSI NACOSS Gold, Fire Gold and EMS Gold approvals with ISO14001 (the international environmental standard). Contracts completed overseas include; Gibraltar, Vienna Austria and Beirut in the Lebanon.
2018 Impulse Engineering become Gent 24 Integrator. Fire, intruder and CCTV installations for the BBC - DiY SOS the Big Build: Grenfell Special – The Dale Boxing Centre and Community Centre. Contracts completed overseas include; Suva in Fiji, Rabat Morocco and Ljubljana.
2019 February: Tim Robinson-love is appointed Company Secretary upon retirement of Denise Newman after 32 years of service. March: Impulse Engineering’s Royal Warrant of appointment to Her Majesty the Queen – Supplier of Fire Detection, Suppression & Alarm Systems is renewed to 2023. Contracts completed overseas include; Manama Bahrain, Doha Qatar, Dhaka Bangladesh, Kuwait City Kuwait and Kiev in the Ukraine. A return to the Falkland Islands and a project in Ascension Island.
2022 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 20228th September: The Directors and staff of Impulse Engineering Limited express their great sadness on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who passed away whilst at Balmoral Castle. Impulse Engineering is proud to have served Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Household over the last 13 Years and are honoured to have been recognised by Her Majesty with the award of a Royal Warrant in 2015.