Solution to meet required specification -Student 52, Newcastle

Student 52 is the conversion of the former Northumbria University’s Estates Department offices into studio apartments having been vacant for 2 years. Located in the centre of Newcastle City it is ideally located to meet the growing demand for student accommodation.

After starting work on site in July 2018, in late September All Saints Construction approached Fire And Smoke Solutions to develop a smoke ventilation system specification and design to meet current requirements and regulations, as the concept design had been missed this and a fast track design solution was needed.

With the emphasis on not losing any accommodation space, FASS developed a mechanical ventilation solution to enable extraction from the communal areas by re organising the space available.

Having provided All Saints Construction with a design for a system that met all the required criteria, FASS was in November awarded the additional contract to supply and install the approved system.

With a March deadline for site completion, it was essential to have all specified equipment on site quickly, and by January the extract fans and ductwork were delivered and installed, closely followed by the installation of EN12101-8 Smoke Control Dampers, a UPS System and Controls.

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Setting a Standard

Good day in Brussels. Agreed final draft of EN12101-6

EN12101-6
Ian on way back from EN12101-6 meeting in Brussels

NOW CERTIFIED AS AN – SCA IFC SDI 19 Certified Company.

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SDI19 Certified

Fire And Smoke Solutions (FASS) prove their credentials as leaders in their sector demonstrating their expertise built on 30 years of experience working with market-leading companies and as experts in the design, installation, commissioning, testing and maintenance of all types of smoke ventilation systems.

Ian Doncaster, Technical Director of Fire And Smoke Solutions said: “As long-term and active members of the Smoke Control Association, FASS contribute to the development of industry guidance and are pleased to be awarded the IFC SDI 19 certification.

He added “It’s great to see the independent review by the IFC of those who provide services related to our industry. Our particular assessment was the first, in one of the most specialist construction environments, which demonstrates that the accreditation can cover all sectors of to our industry.”
He continued “Other companies now have the opportunity to prove they take their role and related responsibility seriously, and we look forward to seeing more companies raising their standards to meet the best practice expected for life safety solutions as an accredited provider.”

As stated on the FETA website in the specialist SCA section - The term “installation” is deemed to include the fire strategy verification, system design, installation and commissioning of smoke control systems. The scheme document also covers the Contractor’s ability to offer and provide an appropriate level of service and maintenance after installation and commissioning, commensurate with the type, size and use of the building. For details https://bit.ly/2DTsuYN
As Technical Director of FASS, Ian Doncaster was asked to represent the (SCA) Smoke Control Association at the recent CIBSE Round Table, titled, “Smoke control: are the current regulations fit for purpose?” a forum of industry experts brought together to discuss key issues coming out of the enquiry into Grenfell tower chaired by Dame Judith Hackett.

He is also the IMechE representative on the BSI FSH25 fire standards committee, working on British Standards and represent BSI on the CEN standards committee for EN12101 parts 6 and 13.
Ian agrees that the simplest designs are often best, but added that “complex buildings sometimes need complex systems. With these, we have to take on board the additional responsibilities to make them safe and maintainable,” he said. The golden thread of this strategy must be preserved throughout concept, design, commissioning, maintenance and testing, and overseen by a competent engineer, with input from the fire specialist.

You can find out more here https://bit.ly/2OREMCx

David Mowatt, SCA Chairman, commented that: “Contractors should be responsible for the systems they install and end users should always look to use a capable, experienced contractor. Certified contractors will have demonstrated that their trained staff consistently adhere to industry best practice and fully appreciate the importance of correct installation, inspection and maintenance.”
“this scheme underlines the importance that the industry assigns to raising competency standards and improving the quality of companies involved in installation activities,” said IFC Director of Certification, Ian Woodhouse.

FASS – SCA IFC SDI 19

CIBSE round table: Smoke control, are the current regulations fit for purpose.

SCA

As technical Director of Fire and Smoke Solutions (FASS) I was asked to represent the Smoke Control Association at the recent CIBSE Round Table, flagged by Dame Judith Hackitt to discuss key issues around smoke control regulation after Grenfell “Smoke control: are the current regulations fit for purpose?” held at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in September.

An in depth debate and sharing of views experience by delegates attending was had on the key issues surrounding smoke control that are currently dominating our industry. The biggest message arising was the need to preserve “The golden thread” that must run through all building projects to ensure the original fire and smoke-control strategy is preserved throughout the life of the building. The importance of using qualified and competent engineers to design in appropriate solutions at the start, and then to ensure that they are correctly installed and commissioned before being correctly maintained over the life of the building was universally agreed.

In response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review, the Smoke Control Association has launched a certification scheme for contractors. The IFC-run scheme was developed to deliver competency in fire strategy verification, system design and the installation of smoke-control systems, as well as service and maintenance work

For a full account link to the CIBSE Journal . https://bit.ly/2OREMCx

Other members included Conor Logan, technical director, Colt; Nick Troth, chartered fire engineer and associate director, Arup; Chris Hallam, technical director of fire engineering, Hoare Lea; David Quinn, group director, fire engineering, BuroHappold Engineering; George Adams, engineering director, Spie UK; Dr Ahmed Allam, director, Cundall Fire Engineering; Hywel Davies, technical director at CIBSE; Dr Roger Harrison, technical director of fire safety, BRE Global; Alex Smith, chair and editor, CIBSE Journal.

Project reference list

Fire and Smoke Solutions have extensive experience covering a selection of sectors and environments including Residential, Carpark, Shopping centre, Hotel, Theme Park, Commercial & Education.

The below reference list states key details of projects we have been involved in on behalf of our clients with the specific services provided by FASS. Design advise, study & review through to supply, install, test and commission.

Sector /Type Name Develpoment Description
Car Park
Mechanical Salter Street Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 5 level residential smoke ventilation system including car park smoke ventilation.
Mechanical 5 Bath Road Refurbishment Test Car Park system and report.
Mechanical Kingsway Hove New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of smoke ventilation system for 4 levels and car park.
Commercial
Pressurisation Thrale House Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of pressurisation system in 6 floor single stair office.
Custodial
Natural HMP Stocken New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of pressurisation system in 6 floor single stair office.
Educational
Atria/Stairwell PSCA New Build Commissioning of smoke ventilation
Atria University of Essex Refurbishment Design review and calculations for atrium smoke ventilation system.
Government
Industrial / Warehousing Military Workshop New Build CFD study of ventilation system.
Industrial / Warehousing Military Stores New Build Commissioning of natural smoke ventilation.
Hotel
Mechanical Citizen M New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 10 level system.
Mechanical Belfast City Quays New Build Design & Supply of mechanical extract system with natural inlet over 8 levels.
Pressurisation 118 Warwick Road Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of pressurisation system covering 2 cores each of 12 levels including fans, attenuators ductwork dampers and controls.
Leisure
Mechanical Pure Gym Shoreditch New Build Design, supply, installation & commissioning of Basement smoke ventilation.
Mechanical East India Dock Pure Gym Refurbishment Design, supply, installation & commissioning of Basement smoke ventilation.
Leisure Legoland New Build CFD analysis of smoke ventilation of theme park attraction.
Residential
Mechanical Grafton Quarter New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning comfort ventilation. CFD analysis of smoke ventilation.
Natural 116 College Road Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 4 level residential system.
Residential Rickmansworth Road Refurbishment CFD analysis of extended corridor smoke ventilation system.
Mechanical 5 Bath Road Refurbishment Design and CFD analysis of smoke ventilation system. Commissioning support.
Mechanical Bradfield Close Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning 2 level residential.
Mechanical 8 Bath Road Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of 5 level residential system.
Natural Tariro House Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of natural smoke ventilation system over 3 level.
Design The Mill House Refurbishment Design review of installed provisions.
Residential High Street Watford New Build CFD analysis of as built smoke ventilation system.
Design Oceana Boulevard Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of mechanical smoke extract system over 7 levels.
Mechanical Rowlands House Refurbishment Design, supply, installation and commissioning of mechanical smoke extract system over 7 levels.
Natural Chocolate Box New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of natural smoke ventilation system in mixed use building.
Residential Newton Leys New Build Design, CFD modelling, supply, installation and commissioning smoke ventilation and comfort ventilation.
Residential Shoreditch Village New Build Design, supply, installation and commissioning of mechanical smoke extract system over 7 levels.
Residential Gloucester Avenue Refurbishment CFD analysis of extended corridor system.
Assisted living Tembani Court Refurbishment Design review of existing provisions & development of appropriate design for extended corridor smoke ventilation system covering 4 level residential system.
Student Accommodation Beckley Point Refurbishment CFD analysis of smoke ventilation system. Commissioning support.
Retail
Retail Kings Mall Hammersmith Refurbishment Design, supply, installation & commissioning of Basement smoke ventilation.
Retail Lidl Loading Bay New Build Design and supply smoke ventilation system to loading bay and under croft car park.
Retail Castle Point Shopping Centre Refurbishment Design review and calculations for natural mall smoke ventilation system upgrade.