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

Case Study: The Natural History Museum - ongoing fire safety strategy,fire engineering

For 10 years LWF have been providing both strategic and detailed advice to enable this fine historic building to meet the rigorous demands of modern fire safety. A dynamic and vibrant environment, the Museum encompasses the most modern research, the finest collection of life and earth sciences, and one of the most famous landmarks of contemporary Victorian architecture in the world.

LWF have helped the Museum to drive forward a massive programme of upgrading in order to meet both statutory and user-led requirements. 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.

In the role of both fire engineering consultants and project managers LWF run the project design and construction teams on site, enabling the benefits of true ""single point service"", to facilitate the smooth implementation of often difficult work in this operational workplace and place of assembly.

We have nurtured full professional and working relationships in the diverse areas of interest expressed by a variety of parties, including the different user groups, fire brigade, building control, English Heritage and government bodies. Fire precautions have been designed and installed both to blend-in and contrast with the heritage of the site; where possible traditional features have been upgraded, re-manufactured or innovative designs using modern materials adopted. The latest fire detection and voice alarm technology has been incorporated and in all areas the added- value of these elements has been maximised.

The strategic application of fire safety in such buildings ensures that additional benefits, often not appreciated, can be obtained from features normally seen solely from the fire safety perspective. The new Voice Alarm System has enabled the introduction of touch-screen Public Address facilities across the site, new emergency lighting has resulted in the installation of sine-wave inverters for local power back-up using new combined lighting units, which in turn improves circuit monitoring, energy conservation and minimises maintenance. New doors have added to security features, privacy for private functions, strategic property and collections protection, fire fighting bridgeheads and improved environmental and climate control.

The Museum continues to develop as public demands for the world-class research and collections increases, and LWF continue to work as partners with the Museum to ensure the fine balance between profile and safety is maintained.

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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & External Water Supplies - Part 27

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at fire safety engineering. In part 26, we looked at how the choice of fire hydrant can affect the efficiency of delivery and by working out the additional time required to prime an underground hydrant when compared to a pillar hydrant with instantaneous couplings, it was established there could be as much as 2 minutes delay...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Venting of Basements - Part 61

    In LWFs 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 60 of this series, the placement of fire hydrants in relation to hospital buildings was discussed. In part 61, we will look at the effects of smoke on basement levels and the use of venting.A fire which starts in a basement or involves a basement level causes...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Insurers & Property Protection - Part 8

    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 the part Insurers have played in property protection over the years. In part 7, we discussed the role the FOC played in producing rules and regulations not only for building standards but also for fire protection products. In part 8, we will continue looking at the impact of...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & External Water Supplies - Part 26

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for Architects and other interested parties in the building design business, we have been looking at firefighting. In part 25, we looked at how hydrants should be located in relation to the building perimeter and the likely position of a Fire Service pump upon attending a fire at the premises. In part 26, we continue looking at location and also the type of hydrant provided in relation to the...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Mains - Part 60

    In LWFs 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 59 of this series, LWF discussed the requirements for healthcare buildings with a hospital street and which do not require a fire-fighting shaft. In part 60, we will look at the provision of fire mains.Fire mains must be provided in every firefighting shaft, or in some instances,...

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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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