Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF), Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management Consultants
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Lawrence Webster Forrest
Legion House
Lower Road
Kenley
Surrey
CR8 5NH

Tel: +44 (0)20 8668 8663 Fax: +44 (0)20 8668 8583
E-mail: fire@lwf.co.uk

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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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Compartmentation & Life Safety - Part 6

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have recently been looking at compartmentation and life safety. In part 5, we discussed the national building regulations which concern themselves with life safety and compartmentation before moving on to look at the spread of fire. Part 6 continues from that point to talk about how fire spreads before moving on to firefighting.The rate of flame spread can...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Ventilation Systems - Part 40

    In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, our aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 39, compartmentation and fire hazard areas and rooms were discussed and in part 40, we move on to look at the use of ventilation systems in healthcare venues and how this is affected when there is a fire situation.Mechanical ventilation can be used in any kind of...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Content of Fire Training - Part 14

    In LWFs blog series for those who work in Facilities Management or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking most recently at Staff Training and Fire Drills. In part 13 of this series, the means of summoning the Fire Service was discussed, including the potential need for a pre-arranged rehearsal call by the person/post nominated for that duty. In part 14, LWF takes a look at what action...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Compartmentation & Life Safety - Part 5

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others working in the building design business, we have been discussing compartmentation. In part 4 of this series, the ways in which compartmentation supports life safety functions in a fire situation were summarised. In part 5, we look at the ways the issue of compartmentation and life safety is covered in the national building regulations, before looking at the spread of fire. 

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Compartmentation & Fire Hazard Rooms and Areas - Part 39

    In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 38 of this series, the importance of fire stopping the joints between fire separating elements such as walls and any openings was discussed. In part 39, we will continue in that area by looking at fire hazard rooms and areas.While most types of buildings require the protection...

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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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