FDS Wins Contract on Elephant & Castle Regeneration

Elephant and castle redevelopment

FDS Wins Contract on Elephant & Castle Regeneration

As part of substantial regeneration works in London’s Elephant and Castle, Fire Design Solutions (FDS), an award-winning smoke ventilation contractor, has been appointed to provide a number of its bespoke systems for a new residential development.

About the project

Brought onto the project by Lendlease, FDS will design, install and commission fire safety systems for seven residential buildings on the first phase of Elephant Park, South Gardens – which range from six to fifteen storeys in height – as well as an underground car park.

Elephant and castle redevelopment

In order to provide the development with the most appropriate level of fire safety for each of its blocks, FDS will design and install both mechanical and natural smoke ventilation systems based on the individual buildings’ requirements.

Two of the buildings will be fitted with natural smoke ventilation systems, while the complex design of the remaining five blocks will require the installation of mechanical smoke ventilation systems to return corridors to tenable conditions in the event of a fire, providing residents with a safe escape route. A corridor environmental system will also be installed, mitigating excess heat in the common areas during day-to-day use.

Residential Sprinker Systems

As well as controlling smoke in the event of a fire, FDS will install residential sprinkler systems in each apartment to provide additional protection while reducing the risk of fire spreading. Completing the fire safety package for the development, FDS will also provide a car park smoke ventilation system to exhaust pollutants produced by vehicles and to clear smoke to assist firefighting operations in the event of a fire.

Speaking on their appointment, Gerard Sheridan, Chairman at FDS, said: “In densely populated areas such as London, additional space saving in these types of projects is a major benefit.

“In five of the residential buildings, we installed our mechanical smoke shafts, which have a smaller footprint compared to their natural counterpart, providing Lendlease with further saleable space while ensuring the development meets all relevant Building Regulations.”

In its entirety, Lendlease’s Elephant Park project is set to deliver 3,000 new homes, 50 shops, restaurants and cafes and a brand new park in the heart of Elephant & Castle as the property and infrastructure group seek to create Central London’s new green heart.