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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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Gaseous Systems - Part 21

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, LWF has been looking at the different types of fixed fire-fighting systems. Such systems are placed in a building, or specific areas of a building, and might appear largely dormant (aside from appropriate maintenance and testing) until a fire is detected. The most commonly used fixed fire-fighting system is probably a sprinkler system,...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Fire Suppression & Sprinklers - Part 8

    In this Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, LWF has been looking at the various advantages of sprinklers as part of a building’s fire protection arsenal.  In Part 7, we looked at the concessions that may be made in cases where sprinklers are present. In Part 8, we discuss how an understanding of the ways sprinklers can be used as per the prescriptive...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Fire Suppression & Sprinklers - Part 7

    In this fire engineering design and risk assessment blog series for architects and others in the building design industry, we have been looking at fire suppression and sprinkler systems and how their use as part of a building’s fire protection plan affects the whole. In Part 6, we began looking at the potential benefits of sprinkler system installation on a design and will continue that theme in part 7. A suitable and fully-maintained sprinkler system...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Foam Systems - Part 20

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and have a responsibility for or interest in Fire Safety, we have been looking recently at Water Mist Systems and how they first came into use for the protection of ships and their cargo many years ago, through to the present day expansion in their use to residential buildings and the resulting British Standards that were recently produced. In Part 20, we’re going to...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Fire Suppression & Sprinklers - Part 6

    In this recent fire engineering design and risk assessment blog series for architects and others in the building industry, we have been looking at fire suppression particularly in relation to sprinkler systems. In part 5, we compared sprinklers to passive fire protection measures in terms of reliability when in use, as it has been argued that sprinklers are not 100% effective, which implies other measures are – they were not, of course.In part 6,...

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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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