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 SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting - Part 14

    In LWFs fire safety engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have begun to look at firefighting. In part 13, we began to look at how firefighting can be undertaken by the occupiers of a building if a fire starts. The use of portable fire extinguishers was discussed along with relevant training was discussed. In part 14, the provision of hose reels and the standards involved will be covered.

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - External Fire Spread - Part 48

    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 47 of this series, LWF took a look at the use of sprinkler protection in healthcare venues and in part 48, we begin to discuss the potential for external fire spread and what precautions should be taken to avoid it.It should be borne in mind that we...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Fire Safety Engineering & the Prescriptive Approach - Part 5

    In LWFs 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 term ‘Fire Safety Engineering’ and what it involves. In part 4 of the series, we began to look at the differences between fire prevention and safety based on prescriptive codes and fire safety engineering. In part 5, we will continue from that point by looking at the...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting - Part 13

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we began discussing firefighting. In part 12, an overview of the term and its meaning before looking at the method of firefighting, namely the strategy, tactics and operations of the Fire Service in the UK and equivalent organisations in other parts of the world. In part 13, we look at firefighting by occupiers of a building.Firefighting undertaken by occupiers...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Sprinklers - Part 47

    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 46 of this series, we looked at the tank arrangement for sprinkler systems and how each pump should be arranged to draw water from either tank, so that any one tank or pump can be isolated. In part 47, we continue from that point on the subject of...

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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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