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 - Halocarbon Agents - Part 12

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at Fire Suppression and most recently, gaseous systems. In part 11, we looked at the effect of gases on the environment and in part 12, we’ll discuss halocarbon agents and inert agents before touching on water mist systems.Halocarbon agentsHalocarbon agents were developed as a viable alternative to halons after the substance was banned for...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Thermoplastic Materials - Part 31

    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 30, we discussed the potential for internal fire spread and in part 31, we take a look at the use of thermoplastic materials in roof lights and lighting diffusers.In part 30, the national and European classifications for linings within spaces contained in healthcare buildings were detailed. The...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Taking action upon finding a fire - Part 5

    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 fire procedures; who they are written for and how they should be written.  Parts 3 and 4 of this series looked at summoning the fire service to a fire and in part 5, we look at what other action should be taken upon fire discovery.The issue of...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Internal Fire Spread - Part 30

    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 29 of this series, we looked at plant areas and how they should be designed with safe evacuation in mind. In part 30, we discuss the potential for fire to spread through internal walls and how this...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Agents used in Gaseous Systems - Part 11

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering and Risk Assessment blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at gaseous systems as a method of fire suppression. In part 10 of this series, the required configuration of gaseous systems was outlined and in part 11, the agents used in such systems will be discussed from the point of view of safety and the environment.After the banning of halon 1301 for...

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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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