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

Fire Suppression

Fire suppression can often become a necessity in order to comply with your legal requirements for Building Control approval, to meet your insurers requirements or to offset otherwise onerous fire precautions. Often an overview of your premises fire precautions strategy can reveal the installation of total or partial fire suppression system could reduce building and insurance costs, or provide you with other operational benefits. Fire suppression systems work against the development of fire in a variety of ways so it is therefore essential that the designer is fully aware of all fire safety engineering options available, such that the optimum solution can be adopted.

LWF are able to undertake on your behalf:

  • A detailed hazard identification analysis of your premises for current and future occupation.
  • Prepare on your behalf, feasibility assessments identifying options for fire suppression and risk reduction against potential costs.
  • Assist you in the preparation of a cost benefit analysis.
  • Advise you on suppression options relevant to the specific use of your premises and the implications of discharge on the building and occupation.
  • Define optimum sprinkler configuration suitable to the hazard and risk within your premises.
  • Undertake detailed sprinkler designs to meet any hazards and interface as appropriate with any existing fire engineering designs within your property.
  • Identify and define on your behalf, all possible fire suppression options including; water mist, gaseous, foam, or dry powder-extinguishing agents.
  • Provide you with independent advice on suppression systems manufacture, performance, suitability and appropriateness for individual circumstances.
  • Prepare detailed water supply, infrastructure and distribution pipe-work layouts on CAD.
  • Prepare detailed performance and materials specifications.
  • Prepare tender packages and provide full project management services.
  • Represent and negotiate with all statutory approvals authorities on your behalf at the design and post construction stages.
  • Advice on systems servicing requirements and service contracts.
  • Provide staff training in systems operation.
  • After-care service, including for changing needs and hazards, and advice on adaptation and extension of the system.
To talk more about your project needs and how we can help to fulfil them, please call 0800 410 1130.


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To discuss any of our services please call Freephone 0800 410 1130 or email fire@lwf.co.uk

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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Firefighting & Rising Water Mains - Part 36

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been talking about firefighting and rising water mains in buildings. In part 35, we began to discuss wet rising water mains and in part 36 we will continue looking at that subject before considering horizontal mains, also known as internal hydrants, which are seen more commonly in buildings with large floor area.It was established in part 35...

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    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at those provisions which can be made to assist firefighting in case of a fire. In part 34, we commenced looking at wet rising mains and noted that while they can be permanently connected to water mains, it is more common to see the systems connected to a water tank with a pump or gravity feed,...

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    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 68, LWF discussed staffing levels in terms of fire safety and the importance of the staff in attendance having sufficient fire safety training. In part 69, we will continue looking at staffing levels and fire safety concerns.The management of any healthcare venue must consider and agree what...

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