Lawrence Webster Forrest
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Lawrence Webster Forrest
Tel: +44 (0)20 8668 8663 Fax: +44 (0)20 8668 8583
LWF was appointed to provide fire safety and fire engineering services to the Wohl Neuroscience Institute build project, including the production of the Fire Strategy Report for the proposed new building. It is set to become one of the Europe's foremost centres for multi-disciplinary neuroscience research and is based at the heart of Kings College campus in London.
One of the largest convention centres in the Middle East, The Qatar Education City Convention Centre is located on the outskirts of Doha, the capital of Qatar. LWF was asked to provide fire safety and fire engineering services to the project and to produce the Fire Strategy for the new build.
The Unison HQ development in London comprised an office building and residential tower with the two occupancies separated at basement level. The office block contained a central atrium linking ground to fourth floors and a tower. The project brief included; fire engineering solutions for areas of non-compliance, means of escape modelling, atrium design, fire strategy report and structural fire assessment.
A new 12 story critical care unit development for the existing Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast required LWF to produce a Fire Strategy Report to include the new build in the overall site fire plan, alternative fire engineering solutions, and negotiation over building regulations approval.
A new building was proposed on the Bristol University Campus with two wings, one to house a laboratory and the other, for office occupation. LWF was asked to provide a full review of the proposed design and provide Fire Engineered Design solutions, CFD and Fire Strategy.
A five story leisure complex was proposed to house a casino, retail outlets, restaurants, external terrace, multi-screen cinema and ancillary accommodation at the spiral level. LWF was appointed to provide fire safety engineering services for the shell and core design stages.
LWF was appointed to provide fire safety and fire engineering services for the refurbishment work at Gatwick Airport railway station during the feasibility and concept design stages. The project comprised complete remodelling and extension of the existing concourse including the stairs and escalators that lead to it.
The three storey Hatchcroft new build is part of the Middlesex University Hendon Development and consists of a variety of laboratories and teaching areas. LWF reviewed the design, provided Fire Engineering input and developed a fire strategy report.
LWF provided fire engineering services at the design stage of Phase III of the Middlesex University Hendon development, which comprises three stand alone campus blocks. A detailed Fire Strategy report was also produced including means of escape modelling, passive and active fire safety systems and the provision of fire compartmentation plans.
The prestigious Fortnum & Mason department store in Piccadilly project consisted of refurbishment of retail space over six floors and five new restaurants. LWF undertook a feasibility study including fire safety provision, optimisation for means of escape and defined performance criteria for smoke control, fire alarm and fire suppression.
The proposal for the new Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) comprised of four storeys, to contain teaching facilities for a number of different faculties. LWF was asked to provide assessment of design, means of escape design, assessment of fire risk, atrium design, assessment of fire service access and facility requirements.
LWF was appointed to provide fire safety and fire engineering services to the proposed construction of the Hayes Campus redevelopment for Uxbridge College. LWF reviewed the design, provided a fire strategy report, analysis of tender returns in relation to fire safety strategy.
LWF has played an active role in the development and concept design of the building, which comprises a 16 storey tower and a 5 storey low-rise element, by providing fire engineering consultancy services. LWF also developed an integrated fire strategy report.
The British Museum occupies approximately one million square feet of Grade 1 Listed buildings in Bloomsbury, central London. The occupation is diverse and split between public display areas, departmental research and storage, administration and support services. LWF provided a fire safety report, undertook fire engineering techniques and constructed a computer-based evacuation model.
As an introduction to performance based Fire Engineering in Madrid, Spain, LWF developed a solution for a large open retail shopping centre comprising a two level retail shopping and leisure centre. The design looked at smoke removal methods, improving base fire systems to eliminate the need for more onerous demands of fire rating and travel distance limitations
LWF was asked to have an input into the development of a skiing facility comprising the main skiing area (single story built on a slope) with associated changing facilities. LWF worked using alternative fire engineering methods to produce a fire strategy including evacuation procedures and smoke management.
The development comprised a warehouse incorporating office accommodation, welfare facilities and plant rooms but the building remained a simple structure. The aims of the client added to elements of high risk to the occupants necessitated an alternative fire engineering approach using performance based solutions, particularly in respect of the movement of smoke and the safe evacuation of occupants.
For 10 years, LWF has been providing both strategic and detailed advice to enable this fine historic building to meet the rigorous demands of modern fire safety. We developed and continue to implement a fire safety strategy which involves a lateral approach using prescriptive codes where appropriate and innovative fire engineering in difficult or special areas. .
The British Museum occupies approximately one million square feet of Grade 1 Listed buildings in Bloomsbury, central London. The occupation is diverse and split between public display areas, departmental research and storage, administration and support services.
In 1996 a successful lottery bid enabled the make-over of the traditional geological Museum into the high profile and high-tech Earth Galleries. LWF was brought in to provide fire engineering solutions including the use of fire modelling, evacuation modelling and smoke transport modelling.
A new block of flats in Rayleigh Essex, comprising of two floors with possible expansion to a third to accommodate a further 10 flats. LWF were asked to consider an alternative solution in respect of ventilation of smoke.
The proposed restoration project of Christ Church, Spitalfields London required an assessment of ignition and fuel load. The main aspects of concern were arson, naked flame associated with candle use and electrical sockets.
LWF was commissioned by developers Bouygues (UK) to develop a fully cohesive fire safety strategy for a major new-build hospital, incorporating the re-development of an existing adjoining hospital wing. The project involved fire engineering techniques to bridge shortcomings in the proposed scheme.
In 2005, Lawrence Webster Forrest was appointed by Flying Flowers Ltd to provide advice on a fire escape strategy within an existing greenhouse building, Retreat Farm in Jersey. The main aspect requiring investigation was the means of safely evacuating the building in event of fire recognising that the internal lining to the roof panels do not meet the classifications as prescribed in Approved Document B.
In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, we look to give information on best practice in fire safety for hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 22 of this series, we looked at the issue of vertical escape in relation to stairways and ascertained that in effect, all stairways in a hospital must be considered escape stairways as they would be used for escape in case of fire. In part 23, we will continue looking...
In LWF’s blog series for Facilities Managers or those with an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we aim to give an overview of best practice and methods of applying or maintaining fire prevention provision. In part 1, the importance of inspection, testing and maintenance of fire protection measures is discussed.Once fire protection measures are installed in a building, it would be comforting to think that they were simply waiting in case they...
In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at fire suppression systems and in particular, foam systems. In part 3, it was ascertained that foam proportioning is the means by which foam concentrate is mixed with water at the necessary ratio. An overview of inductors (also known as line proportioners) was given. In...
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 21 of this series, LWF looked at the necessary considerations of hospital streets and escape route widths. In part 22, we will look at vertical escape using stairways.While it is possible for organisations to denote certain staircases as escape stairs (and therefore, certain staircases are not classed...
In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at fire suppression systems and, in particular, foam concentrate systems. In part 2, we began an overview of the different types of foam concentrate and part 3 will continue from that point before discussing foam proportioning.Synthetic, or high expansion foam is produced from detergents and, as a result, can produce great quantities of ‘bubbles’ making...
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:...
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.Â Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we m...
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...