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

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 020 8668 8663 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 Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Smoke Management System Components - Part 23

    In this Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment blog series for Architects and others involved in building design, we have been looking at fire and smoke ventilation. In the last blog, Part 22, we talked about the use of hot smoke tests in some parts of the world and how they can be carried out without damaging the premises in question.  In Part 23, we are going to look at the components of smoke management...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Locating Sprinkler Heads - Part 13

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at fixed fire-fighting systems. A sprinkler system design is usually as individual as the building which contains it. In part 13, we will look at how sprinkler heads should be located.In the vast majority of cases, if a sprinkler system is present in a building it should be...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Sprinkler System Heads & Heat - Part 12

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and who have a responsibility for or interest in fire safety, we have been looking at how sprinklers operate in buildings and in Part 11, we began to look at sprinkler heads. In Part 12, we’re going to discuss the effect of temperature on the operation and design of sprinkler heads and how the choice of the most appropriate type of sprinkler head can...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Hot Smoke Tests - Part 22

    In this blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at fire and smoke ventilation. In Part 21 of the series, we talked about the reliability and performance of a given design. In this blog we will give an overview of Hot Smoke Tests and how they are used.There is currently no requirement for hot smoke tests in the UK and although their use has been touched...

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  • Grenfell Tower fire

    LWF have received a number of enquiries from the media following this morning’s terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. There are a number of factors that may have contributed to the rapid fire spread witnessed in the early hours of this morning and potentially a number of combinations of these factors are possible. There is insufficient information available at this time from which to draw meaningful conclusions regarding the cause and development of this fire. Historically, major...

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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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