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 Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Smoke Management System Components - Part 23

    In this Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment blog series for Architects and others involved in building design, we have been looking at fire and smoke ventilation. In the last blog, Part 22, we talked about the use of hot smoke tests in some parts of the world and how they can be carried out without damaging the premises in question.  In Part 23, we are going to look at the components of smoke management...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Locating Sprinkler Heads - Part 13

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at fixed fire-fighting systems. A sprinkler system design is usually as individual as the building which contains it. In part 13, we will look at how sprinkler heads should be located.In the vast majority of cases, if a sprinkler system is present in a building it should be...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Sprinkler System Heads & Heat - Part 12

    In this blog series for those who work in Facilities Management and who have a responsibility for or interest in fire safety, we have been looking at how sprinklers operate in buildings and in Part 11, we began to look at sprinkler heads. In Part 12, we’re going to discuss the effect of temperature on the operation and design of sprinkler heads and how the choice of the most appropriate type of sprinkler head can...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Hot Smoke Tests - Part 22

    In this blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at fire and smoke ventilation. In Part 21 of the series, we talked about the reliability and performance of a given design. In this blog we will give an overview of Hot Smoke Tests and how they are used.There is currently no requirement for hot smoke tests in the UK and although their use has been touched...

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  • Grenfell Tower fire

    LWF have received a number of enquiries from the media following this morning’s terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. There are a number of factors that may have contributed to the rapid fire spread witnessed in the early hours of this morning and potentially a number of combinations of these factors are possible. There is insufficient information available at this time from which to draw meaningful conclusions regarding the cause and development of this fire. Historically, major...

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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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