Where it’s not appropriate or practical to replace existing building components to comply with Building Regulations (e.g. a change of use in a grade-listed building), designers and property owners / managers may need to consider measures to upgrade fire performance.
Buildings of special interest often have unique requirements with respect to fire safety management and as such need to be considered on an individual basis in terms of assessing and mitigating fire risk, e.g. there are often circumstances where it is necessary or desirable to retain the existing doors but increase their fire resistance to a required level.
Our Product Assessors carry out on-site building inspections to evaluate the likely fire resistance of a particular element of construction. This can be used to support bespoke fire risk management solutions. We can also develop tailor-made test programmes using current British or European test standards or ad-hoc methods to provide solutions for retaining or upgrading specific elements of construction within buildings of special interest.
There are numerous methods for upgrading existing fire protection measures to enhance fire resistance, although every upgrade is specific to each element and consequently may not necessarily be appropriate for another design.
The only way to ensure that the most appropriate method is chosen – and to have the enhanced integrity performance underwritten – is by commissioning a site survey by a qualified Product Assessor. The relatively large numbers of components that make up a fire rated doorset are integral to its performance and a comprehensive knowledge of these components is needed.
Our breadth of knowledge and understanding of the built environment extends wider than the field of fire safety. We are able to access a wealth of information on buildings of special interest and liaise with other specialist building / material consultants should it be necessary.
Where our work involves listed or historic buildings, we can explain the considerations required for upgrading passive fire protection within heritage and conservation guidelines. Our expertise in this area has been successfully used in some of the most notable buildings in the UK, including castles, manor homes, listed hotels and historic transport centres / networks.