Fire risk management

With a focus on multi-site property portfolios and large, complex buildings, our team will deliver a full audit of your fire risk management protocols.

We will assess the effectiveness of your fire risk management strategy within individual buildings or large estates and recommend areas for improvement.

Assessing to BS 9997 standards, we will deliver a gap analysis that reflects the specific use of each building and identifies whether it is safe and what proactive and retrospective fire risk management strategies are required.

Our team is also qualified to support the External Wall Fire Review process, conducting surveys and helping clients complete Form EWS 1 to help property owners, buyers and sellers secure valuations for residential buildings that exceed 18m in height.

In addition, we also work with developers and contractors during construction to assess on-site fire safety procedures during phased construction.

BAFE SP205 Gold Standard accreditation

Our Fire Risk Management team has secured the industry-recognised BAFE SP205 Gold Standard accreditation which covers Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.

It's a measure of the quality of our people, our processes and our track record as this accreditation is actively required by major public sector bodies and property managers when they appoint an assessor to support them in delivering their responsibilities around fire safety.

Our services include:

  • Multi-site surveys during the life time of buildings, assessing issues such as compartmentation, facades and means of escape
  • As-built fire strategy – assessing whether the fire strategy meets the original specification prior to occupation
  • Advise and support on fire engineering design from RIBA stages 5 to 7
  • Construction Design Management fire risk assessments
  • Phased construction risk assessments
  • External Wall Fire Review surveys and Form EWS 1 completion
  • Policy and organisation-wide fire risk management strategy and systems

Our people and our clients

Our team is led by Marc Pawson, and also includes James Grew, an IFE registered fire risk assessor in Manchester.

Our fire risk management team has recently assessed a multi-site portfolio for a city council in the Midlands which includes assets such as civic centres, courts, leisure centres and libraries, and undertaken UK-wide fire risk assessments on behalf of the Oil Pipelines Agency. They have also conducted assessments in the media and higher education sectors and are acting for Kier on a 200-bed hotel development in the south-west as well as providing support to Lendlease and CBRE on a large number of their building portfolios.

Latest advice for building owners

We recommend that all our clients and relevant stakeholders review the recent guidance, Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings, which was issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 20 January 2020. This document provides important information on the use of materials on external walls and balconies as well as the design, integrity and installation of smoke control systems and fire doors. To discuss any aspect relating to this guidance, please contact a member of our fire engineering team at Hydrock, listed below.

New measures including mandatory sprinkler systems and wayfinding signage

In April 2020, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued the guidance document, ‘A reformed building safety regulatory system: Government Response to ‘Building a Safer Future'’. This document provides important information on new measures which will include mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks of flats over 11 metres tall. Please contact our fire safety division should you wish to discuss any matter relating to this guidance.

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