One SE8

Combining a hotel with residential and retail units, the St James Group’s One SE8 mixed-use development provides high-end living spaces for both residents and visitors of Greenwich.

Initially brought on board by St James to carry out computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling, Fire Design Solutions identified and designed the most suitable fire safety system for the building, which comprises of a Travel Lodge hotel flanked by two residential wings including 103 apartments, a 24 metre lap pool, on site restaurant and convenience store.

Returning to the site after being appointed by electrical contractors GW & E Wright Ltd., FDS installed both natural and mechanical smoke ventilation systems, as well as a GSM auto dialler system at the client’s request. In the event of fire this notifies building managers and concierge in the hotel, sending a text to a nominated manager to alert them before calling all other nominated persons if the system is not reset within a defined time constraint.

FDS installed a total of three 0.5m² fan assisted smoke venting shafts in the building’s residential wings, with one serving ‘Wing A’s 1st to 6th floors, joined by a make up air shaft which was installed for environmental purposes. Two further 0.5m² shafts, fitted in ‘Wing B’ served the upper ground to 6th floors, while an additional 1.5m² natural smoke shaft supplemented this. Corridor detection systems were installed in both of the wings to trigger the fan-assisted smoke venting systems in the event of fire.

The 90 bed hotel was also fitted with a mechanical smoke venting system including a 0.5m² shaft, serving the 1st to 6th floors with fans being fitted at roof level.

By protecting the means of escape and fire fighter access for the development, FDS’ systems provided safety benefits, while also operating on a day-to-day basis to provide ventilation for the common corridors. FDS was also able to interface its mechanical smoke venting system with a fire alarm installed on site by a third party.
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Located adjacent to Tottenham Hale tube station, the Hale Village mixed-use development provides 1,193 student accommodation units alongside 1,000 private and affordable residential units, a 132 bedroom hotel and substantial commercial space.

Initially brought on board by United House to install mechanical smoke ventilation systems for one of the development’s affordable housing blocks, Fire Design Solutions (FDS) was asked to install systems for a further two blocks, plus an underground car park that runs beneath the site. A further appointment by Willmott Dixon saw FDS take on work at two of the development’s ‘Pavilion’ private residential blocks.

Working with multiple clients and their architects, FDS installed three different systems within the development, consisting of natural and mechanical smoke ventilation systems and corridor environmental systems.

FDS was also required to design, supply, install and commission the car park smoke clearance system utilising a Thrust Ventilation system, carbon monoxide detection system, fire alarm system and attenuation. Once on site, FDS carried out assessments and tests to determine the smoke flow rate likely to be created from a two car fire, in line with British Standards for car parks (BS7346 Part 7). Using the data gathered, FDS’ specialists engineered a smaller venting system for the car park than was originally included in the designs. This was justified by demonstrating that the required 10 air changes per hour could still be achieved in the area affected by smoke.

The assessment and subsequent system design led to large reductions in the fan size needed, which in turn reduced the size of associated cables and controls, necessitating a smaller plant room. As a result of this space saving the end client was able to create more saleable car parking space whilst minimising costs. The works also saw FDS retrofit an existing fire alarm system to the car parking area.

As the work on site took place over the course of three years, the car park was handed over in stages. This introduced a challenge for FDS, as the areas of the car park which were completed earliest were situated next to sections that were still undergoing work. This issue was overcome through intelligent programming of the detection systems, and by disabling it in certain areas to ensure that the installed system was not affected by ongoing work.

In addition, Fire Design Solutions was awarded with the service and maintenance contract for the site.
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As part of the extensive urban regeneration of Stratford, close to the Olympic Park, Galliford Try created a substantial mixed use development at Rick Roberts Way.

The project saw the creation of 173 homes across a mixed use scheme of three apartment blocks, a crescent of terraced houses and 1,000m2 of commercial space with the intention of producing a varied and sustainable community of properties ranging from one bedroom flats to four bedroom townhouses.

Fire Design Solutions (FDS) was initially appointed to design, supply, install and commission a residential sprinkler system for the project by Woodford Heating Limited. The system serves 90 apartments across 13 floors in line with British Standards (BS9251:2005), which focuses on domestic sprinkler systems installed for life safety purposes.

Through taking a value engineered approach and offering a residential sprinkler system capable of utilising the blocks’ boosted cold water mains service, FDS was able to bring significant cost and space savings to the project by removing the need for an additional water tank to feed the system – allowing Galliford Try to make better use of the site’s plant room.

FDS was also contracted by electrical engineering contractor O.C.B. Electrical Limited to provide a natural smoke venting system for the project’s three apartment blocks, to allow smoke clearance for firefighting access and means of escape.

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Fire Design Solutions (FDS) was called upon to apply its smoke ventilation design and installation experience on the prestigious site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Athlete’s Village provided high quality accommodation to over 17,000 athletes participating in the summer games, before being converted into residential apartments for some of London’s key workers.

FDS designed, supplied, installed and commissioned mechanical smoke ventilation systems for a number of the village’s residential apartment buildings, the first such solution to meet the required approvals of the Athlete’s Village.

In addition, FDS installed an enhanced ventilation system in the site’s car parking areas. Incorporating an innovative hybrid natural and mechanical solution, the system provided extraction to remove day-to-day pollutants as well as smoke clearance in the event of fire.

Successfully completed on time, the fire protection systems installed by FDS achieved Building Regulations compliance within the client’s timescale.

Poised to be one of the most desirable addresses in Westminster, 10 Rochester Row is a seven storey residential scheme with basement car parking in the heart of the City. The prestigious development includes a total of 34 privately owned apartments ranging from large one-bedroom apartments to £multi-million, 2,000 ft2, three-bedroom duplex penthouses, all of which are arranged around a central atrium that provides a private courtyard for the scheme. The development also includes 21 social housing apartments. To address the fire safety needs of such a prestigious and high profile development, in particular those posed by the atrium, the developer enlisted the help of FDS to design and implement cutting edge fire safety systems.

The biggest challenge presented by the building was the large central atrium which made effective smoke venting essential but the architectural design meant that there was no available space to install fans for a venting system. Instead, an ETFE (Ethylene TetrafluoroEthylene Co-Polymer) foil roof was specified which had to be linked to the smoke detection system. This advanced roofing material is durable, provides excellent natural light levels and can burn away harmlessly and completely to open up the roof area as a large natural vent in the event of a fire. Using this technology and the company’s fire systems expertise, FDS integrated the ETFE roof with a sophisticated control system linked to smoke detectors which will activate heating elements in the roof, enabling it to burn away and open up the roof space in the event of a fire. As an essential part of the system design, the experienced FDS team also incorporated an innovative ‘triple knock’ activation system to ensure that the ETFE roof cannot be destroyed unnecessarily due to a false alarm.

Across the remainder of the scheme, FDS used the company’s creative approach to fire system design to enhance safety with the installation of:

  • A smoke extraction system in the basement car park
  • Automatically Opening Vents (AOV windows) integrated with the smoke detection system to provide smoke venting from the social housing apartments into the atrium
  • Individual smoke detection and fire alarm systems for the penthouse apartments

Thanks to FDS’s CFD modelling expertise, the company was able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the systems specified and the company carried out all design installation and commissioning of the fire systems at 10 Rochester Row, ensuring that the building received full building regulations approval and met the exacting standards expected by both the developer and future residents.

FDS were appointed as they have proven their expertise on a number of projects with Barratt Homes previously. As part of a collaborative effort to ensure the build deadlines were met, FDS overcame a number of fire safety challenges on this complex scheme in the centre of Westminster. This included developing solutions to overcome issues presented by the architecture of the building such as the central atrium which was addressed by specifying an ETFE foil roof linked to a sophisticated smoke detection system. FDS carried out the design, installation and commissioning of the fire systems, ensuring that the building received full fire service approval. Barratt Homes

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Elektron is a residential development situated on the north side of the River Thames directly opposite the Millennium Dome. The design includes three spectacular towers – one 25 storey building and two 22 storey buildings providing 437 apartments and will form part of the massive regeneration in the area initiated by the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games.

Fire Design Solutions was responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the fan assisted smoke venting systems utilising a vertical shaft on the development and AOV smoke detection system. Applying computational fluid dynamic modeling of the fire fighting space enabled us to obtain approval by the approving authority and fire service for the concept.

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Capital East is a new luxury development of waterside apartments and penthouses located at Royal Victoria Dock in East London. Nine buildings of heights varying from 9 to 18 floors provide one, two and three bedroom apartments. A three level car park extends below the buildings.

The residential buildings comprise a mix of naturally and mechanically ventilated lobbies, activated by an automatic smoke detection system. Fire Design Solutions designed and installed the venting systems and controls as well as the smoke detection system.

The underground car park includes three levels of car parking, each with an approximate floor size of 7,000m² and is ventilated by means of a thrust ventilation system which complies with ‘Approved Document F (ventilation)’ and ‘Approved Document B (fire safety)’ of the building regulations. The system was controlled environmentally by means of CO detection and in the event of fire, by means of heat detection. Fire Design Solutions (UK) designed, installed and commissioned all the systems.

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Standing on the bank of The Regents Canal, north London, The Lockhouse is a £30 million mixed use development, comprising two buildings – The Gate (five floors) and The Tower (eight floors).

The project combines modern offices, with a selection of 115 exclusive studios, apartments and penthouses. Set between the bars and restaurants of Camden Lock and the upmarket residential area of Primrose Hill, this cutting-edge new build sets a fresh standard for city living.

Following an extensive fire engineering consultancy by sister company, FDS Consult, Fire Design Solutions was appointed to design, install and commission a fully integrated turnkey fire and smoke safety package. The full scope of works included its Fan Assisted Smoke Venting System (FAS), AOV smoke detection, enhanced impulse car park ventilation and linked fire alarm systems.

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