Fire precautions in 5-storey house, South Hill Park, Hampstead, London NW3

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 to be given as the conversion proceeds.

Client: private owner.