My female client had bought a flat from a developer which featured open plan on first and second floors. Building Control was not happy with the internal planning layout as the staircase was not enclosed. She wanted an alternative solution that would both satisfy the inspector and not compromise the aesthetics of the flat. I was asked to inspect the building and recommend remedial measures. By the careful addition of an active fire barrier and some minor structural alterations the building ...Read On → Share
At short notice I was asked to inspect the open plan basement planning in this prestigious house undergoing conversion and prepare a letter for submission to building control to resolve whether or not an active fire barrier should be employed near the foot of the single stairs. I was able to argue that a preferred method of providing compartmentation would be to greatly improve the compartmentation at the head of the basement flight, and this was accepted. Further advice is ...Read On → Share
My client, a building developer, was at an advanced stage of converting a large lodge into several flats over three storeys. There were difficulties in the internal planning due to the need to adopt open planning because of the small footprint, a difficulty compounded by the lack of any openings in the upper most room which could be used as a fire escape window. I was commissioned to inspect the building and make remedial recommendations. I used the guidance in ...Read On → Share
I was asked to comment on the need for a fire resisting flat entrance door for this upper storey flat. The door was historic and the client did not wish to replace it if not essential. As the flat was the uppermost flat a fire emanating there would not threaten flats lower down and by this logic the need for a fire rated door was avoided. Advice was also given on smoke and heat detection in the flat and a ...Read On → Share
I was commissioned to discuss the fire safety aspects of this design of pod which could be installed in buildings, e.g. hostels, to provide a secure private place for temporary rest or sleep. The design was based on a 2m long horizontal cylinder with double doors at one end for access by one person; they can be stacked on top of each other, each having fixed ladder access for the uppermost occupant. I considered all the fire safety aspects and, bearing ...Read On → Share
At very short notice I was asked to inspect the means of escape in a single staircase existing large office building which was to be converted into residential accommodation. The existing building relied on a reciprocal escape arrangement via the roof by agreement with owners of the building next door, a common arrangement in London decades ago. I inspected both buildings and subsequently made several observations to the developer which included the following: basement and upper storeys stairs were continuous and ...Read On → Share
The client (a chartered Building Surveyor) wished to discuss a fire safety strategy for the house alterations which would involve open-plan on the ground floor. He needed a solution that would gain building control approval. We met and discussed the plans. I suggested that the following fire precautions would be needed: a) sprinklers to BS 9251 but only at ground floor level, perhaps fed solely by gravity from roof top storage tank, b) fire detection and alarm system in whole of property ...Read On → Share
Fire risk assessment for a 2-storey block of 8 flat units in Mount Pleasant, Alperton, Wembley, Middlesex.
I was asked to make a Fire Risk Assessment of the common parts comprising the hall, staircase and corridors. The assessment was made and reported. I made recommendations for improvements to the fire precautions and pointed out the main responsibilities of the nominated Responsible Person who was the Company Secretary. This assessment again highlighted the difficulty of making an assessment of the common parts when it is clear that the fire precautions within individual flats impact of the fire precautions ...Read On → Share
In this single staircase building of 6-storeys (including basement) the means of escape had been physically altered by the action of one of the flat owners. The lease was examined and advice given on the regulatory position (the Buildng Regulations and the RRFSO) and recommendations given on the remedy. The bulding was inspected and recommendations made for essential improvements in the passive fire precautions and recommendations were also made for fire detection and alarm systems
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Advice on fire safety precautions in a 3-storey block of flats in Bartholomew Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5
One of the leaseholders in this converted house wanted advice on the fire safety precautions in the common parts and also in his own flat which involved an open-plan kitchen. A survey was made and a report written giving recommendations on improvements in fire detection and alarm among other things.
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