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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Fire safety advice on hotel refurbishment in Daventry

IMG_7683 (1)I was asked to visit the site and give an opinion on the completion of some fire upgrading following an inspection of the building by the local fire officer who had prepared a schedule of remedial fire safety measures under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. I was able to confirm that much of the work had been completed satisfactorily and I made some recommendations for further improvements concerning ...

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Residence with problematic smoke vent, Hatch End, London

There are two blocks in a terrace in Hatch End high street. At ground level fronting the pavement there are commercial units in each block. To the rear there is a first floor access deck reached via an external staircase. There are two communal stairwells (one in each block) which serve the existing first floor and second floor flats. Two new studio flats have been recently constructed – one above each existing block at third floor level. Each new flat ...

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Fire safety advice for Listed flat near Hyde Park, London W2

A 6-storey terraced house had been divided into flats.  My client, the owner of a middle flat, discovered that the secondary fire escape stair inside the building leading to the roof which had existed for many years and been approved by the local authority, had been cut off by the flat owner above. My job was to assess the fire safety risk introduced by the absence of the secondary fire escape route and come forward with a recommendation; the primary ...

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