Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF), Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management Consultants
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Lawrence Webster Forrest
Legion House
Lower Road

Tel: +44 (0)20 8668 8663 Fax: +44 (0)20 8668 8583

The Complete Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Assessment Solution

Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF) are specialist fire engineering and fire risk management consultants who provide a wide range of consultancy services to professionals involved in the design, development and construction of buildings.

Whether you need Fire Engineering Solutions, Fire Safety Management and Procedures, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Alarm & DetectionProject & Contract Management, Fire Suppression, Fire Safety Audits, Design Checking or Fire Safety Training, LWF provides the complete Fire Safety Solution.

The fire safety services and solutions we provide are tailored to your needs and take account of your objectives for statutory compliance, duty of care and the protection of your business.

Fire Engineering Solutions

LWF’s specialist Fire Engineering Consultants will work with you in a creative, innovative way to provide solutions, not just problems, for your new builds and redevelopment projects.   

As the UK’s leading independent Fire Safety Engineering Consultancy, LWF has a reputation for excellence in fire safety design that is unparalleled and spans the majority of business sectors.

Read more about our Fire Engineering Solutions  or view some of our previous Projects & Case Studies

Fire Risk Management 

Adhering to Fire Safety regulations and legislation is an essential requirement for all businesses. However, we recognise the importance to our clients of understanding the scale of fire risk and the potential consequences.

LWF provide a thorough and comprehensive Fire Risk Assessments service that encompasses all compliance considerations and assists you in fire prevention. If you require a Fire Risk Assessments please contact us on 020 8668 8663.  

If you have between 5 and 150 occupants and wish to undertake the fire risk assessment on your own using our bespoke fire safety management tool please visit our sister site Complete Fire Safety Management.

Answers to visitor FAQ

What is a fire risk assessment? 

 A fire risk assessment is a process by which any risks and fire hazards in your premises are pinpointed and from there, you can decide if further action is needed to reduce or control those risks. 

A risk assessment should be carried out by an appropriately trained person with experience and knowledge of fire safety.  A fire risk assessment in writing should be carried out on any premises with occupancy of more than 5 people.

What fire regulations do we need to know about? 

Our News and Views page contains relevant fire safety regulations and legislative changes that you might find useful to read, but in the main, you must adhere to the terms of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

How do I undertake a fire safety risk assessment in my own smaller premises?

If you have premises that are not complicated and wish to nominate yourself or a colleague as the ‘responsible person’ required by law to take responsibility for the fire risk assessment, you might find some useful information on the government webpages relating to Fire Safety. 

What areas does LWF cover?

LWF’s offices are in Surrey and many of our previous fire engineering projects and fire risk assessments have been for clients in Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, London, and throughout the Home Counties. However, we have also worked on projects throughout the United Kingdom and welcome enquiries from any interested party.

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Fire Extinguisher Standards - Part 8

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and have a responsibility for Fire Safety, we have been looking at Fire Extinguishers, the various types in terms of appropriate and safe usage. In Part 8 we will discuss the relevant standards affecting fire extinguishers. Any guidance documents referred to are correct as per January 2017.The standards for manufacturers of fire extinguishers fall under BS EN 3 – a group of European...


  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Fire and Smoke Ventilation - Part 6

    In this blog series for Architects and others who work in the construction industry and have a responsibility for fire safety standards, we have been looking recently at ventilation and smoke control. In Part 6 we will discuss car park ventilation, which is as per the guidance BS 7346 Part 7.In the case of underground car parks, where natural ventilation is not available, it is usual to provide a mechanical smoke extraction system which...


  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Fire and Smoke Ventilation - Part 5

    In this Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment blog series for Architects and others who work in construction, we have been looking at the types of smoke control system which may be used as part of an active fire protection package. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about smoke control systems which are designed to dilute the amount of smoke in the air in order to achieve a tenable (safe) condition.In order to...


  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Fire Extinguishing Equipment - Part 7

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and have an interest in or responsibility for Fire Safety, we have been looking at the different types of fire extinguisher and their uses. In the last few issues, we have covered the most commonly used extinguishers – Carbon Dioxide, Powder, Foam and Water.  Today, we’re going to be talking about other types of extinguisher you may come across or need for a particular...


  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Fire and Smoke Ventilation - Part 4

    In LWF’s blog series for architects and other parties involved in the building industry, we have been looking at the use of fire and smoke ventilation as a part of a property’s fire protection plan. In Part 3, we began to lay out the requirements for a design to maintain a smoke free layer in a system to protect an area where a fire starts. In this blog, we will continue from where we left...


Case Studies

The Wohl Neuroscience Institute - Fire Safety, Strategy & Engineering
Key Facts: Client: King’s Clinical Neuroscience Institute Project Manager: MACE Ltd Designers: Devereux Architects/Allies and Morrison Approximate Size: 7,400m2 Description of the Project:...

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General Bulletins

Fire - The External Risk
When we consider fire safety, our focus is normally from within, what can we do to prevent the occurrence of fire and how we can limit its damage.  Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we m...

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Technical Bulletins

Evacuation Modelling - Factor in Human Behaviour
Evacuation of buildings can be analyzed in different ways. Approved Document B (ADB) which provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the England and Wales Building Regulations with regard to fi...

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