Advice on fire safety precautions, Springfield Road, St Johns Wood, London

The new owner wanted advice on the adequacy of fire precautions for life safety in this prestigious finely finished 4-storey house, circa 1880. The main concern was means of escape using the single staircase from upper floors. I made a survey of the building and recommended a replacement of the existing fire detection and alarm systems (which comprised a partial hard wired system and a separate stand-alone system added at a later date). The recommended solution, though more expensive than a total hard wired system, was a wireless fire detection and alarm system and this was an attractive option as the décor did not have to be spoilt. Other minor structural recommendations were made.

Client: private owner