Tesco Woolwich

Consisting of one of Europe’s largest Tesco stores, 6 blocks of residential properties and a multi-level car park, the Woolwich Central development forms part of the ongoing regeneration works in South-East London.Recognising the complex fire safety considerations that need to be made for large mixed-use projects, Willmott Dixon appointed award-winning smoke ventilation system contractors Fire Design Solutions (FDS) to provide its design and installation expertise.

Following a design and build appraisal, including CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Modelling, FDS was able to justify the retail space’s large compartment size by specifying the use of a smoke extraction system.

The store’s loading bay was also fitted with an engineered mechanical smoke extraction system. By detecting carbon monoxide levels the system provides day-to-day extraction, meeting Approved Document F (ADF), as well as clearing smoke in the event of fire.

In the development’s residential areas, FDS’ specialist contracting team installed mechanical smoke ventilation and corridor environmental systems, removing excess heat from common areas throughout the development whilst still protecting the building’s staircases from smoke in the event of fire.

Within the car park FDS provided full mechanical and electrical installation of a smoke/heat detection and clearance system to provide environmental extraction and smoke ventilation. The system was interfaced with the development’s Building Management and fire alarm systems.

Due to a tight schedule and project variations, FDS was set a challenging five month deadline to carry out all works, a target which was achieved, allowing the store to open on time.