Lawrence Webster Forrest
Tel: +44 (0)20 8668 8663 Fax: +44 (0)20 8668 8583
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 fire engineering blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at Fire Suppression and most recently, gaseous systems. In part 11, we looked at the effect of gases on the environment and in part 12, we’ll discuss halocarbon agents and inert agents before touching on water mist systems.Halocarbon agentsHalocarbon agents were developed as a viable alternative to halons after the substance was banned for...
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 30, we discussed the potential for internal fire spread and in part 31, we take a look at the use of thermoplastic materials in roof lights and lighting diffusers.In part 30, the national and European classifications for linings within spaces contained in healthcare buildings were detailed. The...
In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at fire procedures; who they are written for and how they should be written. Parts 3 and 4 of this series looked at summoning the fire service to a fire and in part 5, we look at what other action should be taken upon fire discovery.The issue of...
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 29 of this series, we looked at plant areas and how they should be designed with safe evacuation in mind. In part 30, we discuss the potential for fire to spread through internal walls and how this...
In LWF’s Fire Engineering and Risk Assessment blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at gaseous systems as a method of fire suppression. In part 10 of this series, the required configuration of gaseous systems was outlined and in part 11, the agents used in such systems will be discussed from the point of view of safety and the environment.After the banning of halon 1301 for...
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...