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 - Smoke Control - Part 3

    In LWF’s fire safety blog series for those who work in Facilities Management or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking recently at smoke control in buildings. In Part 2, we talked about how the spread of smoke can not only cause danger to those people trying to evacuate the building, but can also damage the building and contents extensively. In Part 3, we will begin to look...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Sprinkler Heads - Part 17

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we are talking about sprinkler systems. In part 16, we looked at hazard classifications for sprinkler system design, in part 17, we’re going to discuss sprinkler heads.Sprinkler heads are an important part of a sprinkler system and the most visible part to building occupants. Although sprinkler head design differs depending upon requirements, the majority act...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Smoke Control - Part 2

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety in buildings, we have been looking at smoke control and its importance in terms of successful evacuation of the building and levels of damage to the building and contents. In Part 2, we will continue looking at the potential for smoke damage before exploring how smoke moves and spreads.The ‘man on the...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Hazard Classifications - Part 16

    In LWF’s fire engineering and risk assessment blog series for architects and those working in the business of building design, we have been looking at hazard classification of risks in relation to sprinkler installations. In Part 15, the nature of high hazard risks was outlined along with the extreme consequences should a fire occur in a high hazard risk building. It was ascertained that sprinkler protection must be designed specifically for the risk. In Part...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Hazard Classifications - Part 15

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment blog series for Architects and others involved in building design, we have been looking recently at sprinkler protection and the hazard classifications which exist to indicate the type of risk with which the sprinkler must cope. In Part 14, we discussed Light Hazard risks and began to talk about Ordinary Hazard risks, Part 15 will continue from that point.While it is not always possible to wholly...

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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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