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Project: Overtown Manor

The Situation:

We where contacted by the architects of Overtown Manor to help come up with a solution to a fire escape issue they had encountered early on in the design process. They were converting part of Overtown Manor into a bed and breakfast, yet the building only had one central staircase which was insufficiently open plan. With plans for guests to rent nightly at the residence there needed to be adequate fire escape access and fire protection.


After careful consideration and looking at all fire scenarios and escape route possibilities, we concluded that the client had two options. The first was to enclose the main stairwell and have a fire protective corridor leading to the front door, along with a secondary escape stairwell located at the back of the building for increased access.. The second option was to install a BS9251 sprinkler system.


The option of a fire sprinkler installation was our preferred option as we felt occupants might still be at risk of becoming trapped should a fire occur. In light of this we proposed the installation of the BS9251 sprinkler system rather than enclosing the stairwell and creating a new escape stairwell at the back of the building.

The proposed fire sprinkler system would provide comprehensive fire protection throughout the entire building and would be connected to the main fire alarm system. We also found that there was low water pressure emitted from the main supply, so we overcame this hurdle by advising the installation of a booster set with a break tank for emergency back-up.

By installing the proposed fire sprinkler system the owners would be provided with an early indication of smoke and a fire system capable of extinguishing fire automatically. After reviewing our proposal, Building Control, the Fire Brigade and the owners accepted our proposal and moved forward with the installation.

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