CASE STUDIES (2 of 5)
FIRE STRATEGY AND FIRE ENGINEERED SOLUTION
Thermatech were approached by our client after the fire and rescue service issued a prohibition notice on parts of the building. The Fire Service and local building control officers advised the owners and developers of the building that they should approach a specialist to develop a fire strategy and a fire engineered approach to their problems.
The main building and some outlying accommodation buildings were being used as holiday let accommodation, banqueting and conference facilities & a wedding venue with restaurant and dinning facilities. In addition, the main Hall was being developed into luxury apartment accommodation.
The owners of the development had gone to considerable expense to tastefully bring this old building ‘back to life’ and to further develop the facilities to create a top class venue. Unfortunately as the project increased in size and complexity it was difficult to adopt the requirements of building legislation (approved document B) and the requirements of the Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) order 2005. It was at this point that Thermatech Fire Consultants were asked to get involved.
After extensive consultations with the owner, fire service and building control several major challenges were identified. They included;
- A single means of escape from the luxury accommodation within the main hall on three floors.
- The single means of escape took escapees back into the building and not directly to fresh air.
- The travel distances from the furthest point in the accommodation exceeded the recommended distances.
- The level of passive fire protection was inadequate.
- Due to historical listing restraints, external fire escapes were not permitted.
These were the primary challenges we had to resolve!
Within four weeks from appointment and many visits to site and numerous meetings, a fire strategy was prepared that identified the need for additional passive/structural enhancements, upgrading of active protection systems including sprinklers, smoke and heat detection and air sampling smoke detection systems. The strategy document formed the basis of a ‘fire engineering solution’ that was both acceptable to the fire and rescue authorities and building control. As a result of the advice given and the preparation of the strategy the prohibition notice was lifted.
The property is now one of the finest country house venues in East Anglia.