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

Responsible Fire Engineering and Fire Risk Management in all sectors

 

LWF is aware of the increasing pressures on business in all sectors to be more efficient in every way.  We aim to assist you in meeting those demands, whatever your requirements, and to do so while reducing our own carbon footprint.

You can read more detailed information on our work in specific sectors below, or call Peter Gyere on 0800 410 1130 if you would like to know more about how LWF work to minimise environmental impact during their fire engineering and safety projects.


 

Heritage

LWF has significant experience in applying fire engineering measures to some of the country�s finest buildings where special consideration must be given to the protection of the building fabric. Creative and sympathetic specialist fire safety measures have been utilised to ensure minimal impact on protected and historic buildings.


Leisure & Entertainment

LWF has provided fire safety services to a wide variety of Leisure and Entertainment complexes. The services range from the provision of fire engineered advice for crowd evacuation to risk assessment for numerous West End Theatres.


Industrial Buildings & Warehouses

LWF has developed fire engineering design and provided fire risk assessment advice to several new industrial building schemes, where an understanding of the buildings use and the processes undertaken within the building is critical.


Transport

Our fire engineering experience for transport systems is wide-ranging and encompasses many aspects of the operators business. Fire safety services have been provided for the design of a new station complex; the fire risk evaluation of existing stations; the determination of systems of risk management; detailed fire safety compliance inspections and management/definition of fire safety risk in above-ground buildings portfolios.


Commercial Office Developments

LWF has considerable fire engineering development experience through our involvement in the development of new office buildings and refurbishment of existing buildings. Our creative fire safety designs have incorporated the use of innovative materials as well as areas such as atriums, high reception spaces and large open plan office areas.


Atria and Shopping Centres

With the development of larger and more complex buildings, LWF has gained considerable experience in providing fire engineering advice for buildings incorporating atria and other open spaces which are likely to have high volume footfall and require innovative fire risk assessment and design.


Education

Fire safety experience in this sector has been gained in all types of public and private educational premises, from simple fire risk assessments to schools and colleges, to the development of performance-based designs for new and existing universities


Healthcare

LWF has extensive experience of working within the healthcare environment providing fire engineering and fire risk assessment services directly to NHS Trusts, Private Health Organisations and Consortia under PFI schemes.


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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • 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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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Insurers & Property Protection - Part 13

    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 role of insurers in property protection. In part 12, we looked at the increase of liability insurance which coincided with the introduction of the Employers’ Liability Act – designed to put into place a system whereby a person injured at work could claim against his employer for...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & External Water Supplies - Part 31

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at the subject of fire safety engineering and most recently, firefighting. In part 30, we considered additional external water supplies which may be used instead of hydrants. In part 31, we discuss capacities and water relay.

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Measures for Healthcare Buildings - Part 65

    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 64, LWF discussed the threat to life, continued treatment and the loss of potentially expensive equipment if a fire was to occur and stated the fact that active and passive fire protection methods, as well as fire prevention must be of the utmost importance to healthcare venues. In...

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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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