The Trustees purchased Beverley House in 1966 and converted it into 9 flats. Over the years several extensions have been added and the house now comprises of 10 one bedroom and 2 two-bedroom flats, together with a studio flat.
Our approach and solution
Hewer-White Trust take their responsible person function as described in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 very seriously, ensuring their clients are afforded the best level of fire protection whilst ensuring value for money. Porter Fire have provided a range of fire protection services to the site through its evolution using the existing infrastructure where possible.
As the site developed the fire strategy needed to evolve. The balance between achieving a high level of fire detection and limiting unwanted alarms in a residential situation is a difficult balance to achieve. The “one out all out” strategy was no longer seen as appropriate by the fire and rescue service and a feasibility study was undertaken to understand what work would be required to move to a stay-put policy.
The stay-put principle relies on the idea that a flat should have sufficient passive fire protection measures to contain a fire for at least 60 minutes. People are sometimes encouraged to stay in their flats so as not to impede firefighters tackling the fire. In theory, a fire could be tackled without a resident having to leave a nearby flat.
Invasive sampling of the compartmentation structures was undertaken to assess the existing fire ratings of walls and ceilings and costing produced to achieve the 60-minute requirements. An assessment was made on the disturbance to the residents, could they remain in their flats during any works?
Once the approved passive work was completed Porter Fire conducted a revised fire risk assessment to produce an action plan to adapt the other fire protection features in the complex to support the new fire action plan.