Independent review of the need to upgrade the new MDF enclosures to risers in residential blocks Michael Cliffe House and Patrick Coman House in Finsbury Estate.

IMG_7645Screen Shot 2018-03-07 at 16.10.53I examined on site the newly completed riser enclosures and proximity of the open balconies and configuration of the lobby/staircase arrangement on floors of MC House and floor of PC House. I received copies of the plans of MC House ...

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Fire risk assessment of duplex flat, Parkside, Wimbledon

I was asked to give advice on the splendid duplex apartment located on the fourth and fifth floors. There were doubts about the efficacy of an incorrectly installed cooker hood and extract, and on the lack of fire detection in the roof space, etc. I observed that the fifth floor is approximately 15 m from ground level and beyond the reach of normal fire appliance ladders for rescue so that fire detection needs to be rapid so that safe escape ...

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Use of common parts stair for installation of washing equipment, flat in Chelsea.

Screen Shot 2018-03-07 at 16.30.36I was asked to make a site inspection and make recommendations as to how, safely, one could install a dishwasher and tumble dryer in a tall two-door cupboard owned by my client but on the landing of a common parts staircase. There were only two flats above my clients flat and therefore few people were at risk. After much ...

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Assessment of efficacy of fire compartmentation associated with roof top units (RTUs) and offset party walls in a residential refurbishment project, Enfield.

All flats require, under the Building Regulations 2013, to have boundaries (ie walls and floors) possessing one hour fire resistance. This is assessed in a severe furnace test BS 476 Part 8 or equivalent BS EN and the furnace fire severity represents fire after flashover in a room with combustion gas temperatures rising to 1000 degC. The question here was ‘Does the offset party wall and floor construction provide one hour separation between flats as required under building regulations?’

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