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 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 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

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Halocarbon Agents - Part 12

    In LWF’s fire engineering blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at Fire Suppression and most recently, gaseous systems. In part 11, we looked at the effect of gases on the environment and in part 12, we’ll discuss halocarbon agents and inert agents before touching on water mist systems.Halocarbon agentsHalocarbon agents were developed as a viable alternative to halons after the substance was banned for...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Thermoplastic Materials - Part 31

    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 30, we discussed the potential for internal fire spread and in part 31, we take a look at the use of thermoplastic materials in roof lights and lighting diffusers.In part 30, the national and European classifications for linings within spaces contained in healthcare buildings were detailed. The...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Taking action upon finding a fire - 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 fire procedures; who they are written for and how they should be written.  Parts 3 and 4 of this series looked at summoning the fire service to a fire and in part 5, we look at what other action should be taken upon fire discovery.The issue of...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Internal Fire Spread - Part 30

    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 29 of this series, we looked at plant areas and how they should be designed with safe evacuation in mind. In part 30, we discuss the potential for fire to spread through internal walls and how this...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Agents used in Gaseous Systems - Part 11

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering and Risk Assessment blog series for architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at gaseous systems as a method of fire suppression. In part 10 of this series, the required configuration of gaseous systems was outlined and in part 11, the agents used in such systems will be discussed from the point of view of safety and the environment.After the banning of halon 1301 for...

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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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