Three-storey house in Chatsworth Road, London NW2

My female client had bought a flat from a developer which featured open plan on first and second floors. Building Control was not happy with the internal planning layout as the staircase was not enclosed. She wanted an alternative solution that would both satisfy the inspector and not compromise the aesthetics of the flat. I was asked to inspect the building and recommend remedial measures. By the careful addition of an active fire barrier and some minor structural alterations the building ...

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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 ...

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Grove Lodge flats conversion, London N3

My client, a building developer, was at an advanced stage of converting a large lodge into several flats over three storeys. There were difficulties in the internal planning due to the need to adopt open planning because of the small footprint, a difficulty compounded by the lack of any openings in the upper most room which could be used as a fire escape window. I was commissioned to inspect the building and make remedial recommendations. I used the guidance in ...

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Advice on fire safety of third storey flat in South End Green, Hampstead, London NW3

I was asked to comment on the need for a fire resisting flat entrance door for this upper storey flat. The door was historic and the client did not wish to replace it if not essential. As the flat was the uppermost flat a fire emanating there would not threaten flats lower down and by this logic the need for a fire rated door was avoided. Advice was also given on smoke and heat detection in the flat and a ...

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