Fire Safety

With an approach based on pragmatism, problem solving and commercial awareness, our fire safety specialists will help you manage the risk of fire in the built environment, across large estate portfolios or high hazard environments.

Our fire safety business is led by Kevin McKeown, Divisional Director, and comprises four specialist teams:

Each of our teams has extensive experience working both nationally and internationally, and include specialists who will:

  • Develop robust and pragmatic fire safety strategies across many types of structures and sectors
  • Deliver fire engineering design solutions for new, refurbished or existing buildings
  • Conduct fire risk assessments across multi-site property portfolios
  • Conduct external wall fire review assessments and complete Form EWS 1
  • Advise on the fire risk in high hazard sectors such as the nuclear industry

At Hydrock, our fire safety team will help you cut through the regulatory complexity to ensure the optimal fire safety solutions are achieved during pre-construction and on completed or existing buildings.

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 and our track record as this certification is actively sought by major public sector bodies and property managers when they appoint an assessor to support them in delivering their responsibilities around fire safety.

We also recognise the importance of accommodating the architectural and functional objectives in building design. Our approach is to work with design teams, facility managers and all other stakeholders to ensure fire safety and fire compliance are uppermost – all whilst delivering the best possible value.

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.

Read more about our specific areas of expertise below or contact us today to find out how we can help your business.