Part of a regeneration scheme to redevelop an existing housing estate in Edgware, Greater London, the Evolution project saw Barratt West London, the London Borough of Barnet and Family Mosaic Housing Association working together to deliver a 999 unit residential scheme.The development included a mix of private and social housing and the development team enlisted the expertise of FDS to design a turnkey package solution which included a fire strategy and the design and install of smoke venting systems.
Throughout the development there was a lack of natural ventilation so, using the company’s in depth understanding of fire engineering First Principles and its proven technologies, FDS addressed this issue by:
- Installing two full smoke shaft extraction systems which provided mechanical smoke clearing for the taller blocks thanks to fans located on the roof
- Designing an ambient airflow venting system for the taller blocks that utilised the mechanical smoke venting system to extract heat from the ceiling voids
- Using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) modelling to aid in the design of the smoke venting and ambient airflow venting systems and to demonstrate their effectiveness
In the basement car park, FDS worked with the design team to rationalise the basement venting requirements.
Thanks to the expertise and solutions-driven approach of FDS, the fire safety installation provided substantial value engineered savings, whilst offering high levels of safety.