New private housing development, Corbets Tey Rd, Upminster, London

I was asked to find a remedy for the inadequate fire service access to a site to be used for new housing (low rise flats and houses providing 9 dwelling units). The furthest point on the site was approximately 90m from the public highway with an entrance gate too narrow, approx. 2.8m, to allow a normal fire appliance to enter the site. The client had been advised by the London Planning Authority that the project might be viable if all the dwellings were sprinklered and if the maximum distance was 75m. Through my contacts in the sprinkler industry and the fire service I was able to confirm that high pressure hose could be connected to give fire suppression for the site. Permitted variations in BS 9991 were adopted.

Client: private developer.