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

Fire Engineering Solutions

Modern building design is tending ever towards larger, more open plan concepts. This design approach requires that the normally applied prescriptive fire safety standards utilised in more traditional building designs, become restrictive in their application. Statutory design guidelines give the option for developers to move away from the prescriptive fire safety constraints and use an approach that enables engineered solutions to be applied specifically to new and existing buildings.

This approach enables the designer to take full advantage of design features and to offset one fire precaution measure with others that may positively contribute towards an aesthetically and engineered optimum solution. Existing buildings, subject to redevelopment or refurbishment, can also benefit from a fire engineered approach, the benefits here in addition to potentially reduced costs and restrictive measures, can include less intrusion particularly if the building is of a Listed or ‘fine’ nature.

Fire engineering techniques require the designer to prepare a specific design for a building taking into account the features, proposed use and occupancy of the facility. Prescriptive applied standards are general in their nature and are required to be applicable to all buildings put to a similar use. For maximisation of building potential and optimisation or even feasibility of design, the fire engineer becomes an essential advisor to the facility manager or member of the project design team.

LWF are able to undertake on your behalf:

  • Identification of rationalised potential life and property losses.
  • Analysis of fire and smoke behaviour in large or complex spaces.
  • Quantified analysis of fire risk.
  • Solutions based on objective or cost benefit analysis.
  • Fire safety measures that fully utilise and take maximum advantage of existing building features.
  • Solutions that optimise capital outlay by prioritisation.
  • Computer aided modelling for detailed scenario prediction.
  • Analysis of occupancy and populations distribution to optimise emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Determination of integrated schemes using state of the art detection and suppression.
  • Tailor-made services to address special or high risks, including special-needs occupants, security, special hazards and salvage requirements.
To discuss your requirements with one of our specialist staff, please call 
020 8668 8663.


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To discuss any of our services please call 020 8668 8663 or email fire@lwf.co.uk

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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Fire & Rescue Service Facilities - 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 the facilities required by the Fire and Rescue Service in case of a fire at your premises. As has been established in the previous parts of this series, many of these provisions are physical and should be taken into account when the building is at the design and...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Sprinkler System Installations - Part 25

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design industry, we have been looking at the use of sprinklers as part of active fire protection. In Part 24, the types of sprinkler system were considered, including wet, alternate and dry installations. Part 25 will continue from that point and cover tail-end alternate and tail-end dry systems and pre-action installations.While it is most common for outside temperatures to affect a...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - The Basic Principles - Part 1

    Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF) is a provider of Fire Engineering services and producer of informational resources on the subject of Fire Safety for organisations and companies. Fire Safety for Healthcare premises is a blog series aiming to give guidance on healthcare-based standards and best practice in fire safety and will refer to and draw from sources such as the HTM documents, building regulations, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and other relevant regulations and standards. 

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Sprinkler System Installations - Part 24

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking recently at Sprinkler Systems. In Part 23, we discussed methods of water delivery to the sprinkler heads and ascertained that ‘wet installations’ were the most commonly used type of sprinkler system, meaning that the system is constantly charged with water, ready for operation. In Part 24, we will give an overview of alternate wet and dry...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Fire & Rescue Service Facilities - Part 4

    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 recently been discussing the nature of the responsibilities held by a building owner in regard to accessibility for the Fire Service. It was established that along with responsibilities to make relevant information available to the Fire Service and make the property available for familiarisation visits, there are some key elements which...

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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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