Fire safety strategy for 3-storey town house in Forest Hill, South East London.

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 to BS 5839 Part 6, c) roller type smoke curtain spanning full width of stairwell actuated by fire detection with controlled descent to allow occupants from upper storeys to pass under in its partially descended state, d) kitchen door to have self closing device or be held open with magnetic door holder such that it closes if power failure or fire detection operates.

Client: private owner