FDS Works On Its Fourth Nine Elms Luxury Development
An exciting new mixed-use development in the heart of one of London’s largest regeneration areas will see award-winning smoke ventilation contractor, Fire Design Solutions (FDS), install a number of its systems to the project.
Situated on the south bank of the River Thames in the redevelopment district of Nine Elms, a 481-acre redevelopment area, Merano Residences comprises 40 two and three-bedroom luxury residential apartments. The first three floors will also house offices and a café, as well as an underground car park.
Appointed to the project by developers St James, FDS will supply, install and commission a number of its systems over the coming months, ensuring the development meets all of the relevant fire safety Building Regulations.
As part of the project’s fire strategy, FDS will install its mechanical smoke ventilation system (MSVS). By rapidly removing smoke from the building in the event of a fire, the system provides means of escape for residents while clearing access routes for the fire service.
As well as MSVS, the fire safety experts will install a corridor environmental system. Connected to the MSVS’s smoke shafts, the corridor environmental system prevents overheating in the common areas, maintaining comfortable temperatures during day-to-day use. In the event of a fire, the system will also revert to fire safety mode.
All 40 of the apartments will benefit from FDS’ apartment sprinkler systems. The systems ensure that the project adheres to Approved Document Part B of the Building Regulations, which requires the inclusion of sprinkler systems for any residential development measuring above 30m in height. By expelling water to the seat of the fire, the sprinkler system helps to control the spread of the fire within the apartments.
As natural ventilation isn’t available for the underground car park, FDS will install its car park ventilations system. Along with removing smoke in the event of a fire, the system also detects when carbon monoxide levels – produced by vehicles – rise above safety levels, exhausting unwanted pollutants during day-to-day use.
Speaking on FDS’ appointment, Gerard Sheridan, Chairman at FDS said “The Nine Elms district has already seen a great deal of regeneration work, and Merano Residences is the fourth development within the area that FDS has been appointed to work on.
“Our unrivalled knowledge and expertise of working on large mixed use developments such as this has meant that we’ve been able to build strong relationships with leading developers. Our systems go above and beyond the required fire safety regulations, as well as being cost effective.”
Sean Ellis, Chairman of St James, said “Having worked with FDS on a number of our previous projects, their systems have always provided our occupants with the highest level of fire safety, and we’re confident FDS will achieve the same results with Merano Residences.”
FDS started work on the project in January 2016, with the project due to be complete Q1/Q2 2017
For more information on Fire Design Solutions visit: https://www.firedesignsolutions.com/
Notes to the Editor:
About Fire Design Solutions
Established in 2002, Fire Design Solutions Ltd is a multi award-winning fire safety systems design and installation contractor, offering bespoke and innovative approaches to residential and commercial fire safety solutions.
Founded by experienced fire consultants to ensure the correct installation of their bespoke fire safety systems, the company is a recognised advisory source for a number of approving bodies.
Its team continue to set new standards for the industry to follow by drawing on decades of fire consultancy experience and their thorough understanding of the scientific principles behind fire and smoke.
From the simplest installations to highly complex applications, FDS delivers to time and budget with the highest standards of professional care.
It places great emphasis on the all-important design, maintenance and cost efficiency element of fire design, as opposed to simply standard code-based systems.
Fire Design Solutions supports architects, developers and contractors in achieving the best system for their individual project, taking into consideration aesthetics, space, regulation, safety, and profitability.
Fire Design Solutions is proud to count many of the UK’s largest developers among its portfolio of clients.