Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF), Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management Consultants
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Freephone: 0800 410 1130
E-mail: fire@lwf.co.uk

Transport

LWF were engaged as part of the design team to develop a fire engineering strategy for the feasibility and design of Camden Town station on the Northern Line of the rail network. This design involved development of station facilities as well as development of a commercial and retail area above and adjacent to the station. Our services included review of normative standards and where these were inappropriate, or where the requirements were restrictive to the design, using fire-engineering principles to define alternative solutions.

Fire Risk Assessments / Determination of Risk Management

London Underground network

We have been engaged to undertake extensive fire risk assessments of approximately 65% of all stations on the London Underground network. The approach was to set standards and philosophy for risk management and to compare normative requirements with actual risk and to make recommendations in this respect. The application of engineering interpretation, particularly considering the special risks associated with sub-surface tunnels and large volumes of people were implemented.

Fire Safety Compliance Inspection

Jubilee and Northern and Piccadilly lines

We were engaged to undertake detailed inspections of all stations on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines of the Underground network (approximately 35% of the entire system). We set up systems and databases for fire precautions records and undertook compartmentation and systems audits for these stations. Work schedules were compiled for deficiencies and post construction inspections undertaken.

London Underground Limited Buildings Portfolio

Our work with the rail transport organisations of London include the fire safety management of their buildings portfolio, both used directly by the organisation and leased to other companies. The portfolio is very extensive and includes commercial, retail, residential and other uses such as railway arch accommodation. We have also and are currently managing the installation of fire safety works such as fire alarm system design and installation for the Headquarters building at St James Park, London.

General

Fire safety risk to life and property on an underground rail transport system are very specific to the function and confined nature of the stations and tunnel complexes. Our fire development prediction and passenger / staff evacuation modelling have great potential to the design and management processes of sub-surface rail systems.

To discuss in more detail any of the above projects or any project not listed above please call 0800 410 1130.

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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & External Water Supplies - Part 33

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at firefighting and the associated provisions that need to be made for the Fire Service. In part 32, we looked at the standards for wet and dry mains given in Approved Document B and BS 9999. In part 33, we consider dry mains in more detail.A dry rising main is comprised of pipework installed vertically...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Policies - Part 67

    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 66, we were discussing how fire safety policies should be formed and finished by noting that consultation with all types and levels of staff in a healthcare setting is necessary to ensure a considered and cohesive fire safety policy. In part 67, LWF will continue looking at fire...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Insurers & Property Protection - Part 14

    LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety has been looking at the impact of the insurer on property protection from fire. In part 13, while acknowledging there are significant areas of overlap between life safety and property protection measures, we began to look at those areas where measures taken to protect property from fire would not benefit life safety aims, and...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Internal Water Supplies - Part 32

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others involved in the building design business, we have been looking at fire safety engineering and, most recently, firefighting. In part 31, we looked at the recommendations made regarding water capacity for any open water used for firefighting purposes and discussed relaying water to the place of fire origin. In part 32, we look at internal water supplies designed for the purpose of firefighting.Fire mains...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Policies - Part 66

    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 65, LWF considered some of the many important elements when considering general fire safety in a healthcare building, including the provision of alternative escape routes and the potentially unpredictable nature of human behaviour in a fire situation. In part 66, we look at fire safety policies.Clearly-defined fire...

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Case Studies

Duke of York, Victoria Street, London
The Duke of York is a busy pub in central London, used by commuters and theatre-goers alike.  In 2013, the pub was demolished in order to facilitate the London Underground Victoria Station Upgrad...

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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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