Residential Apartment Block

 

CLIENT: Details withheld

SECTOR: Residential

PRODUCT: Fire Management Plan, Fire Evacuation Plan and Fire Training

 

BACKGROUND:

This large residential purpose-built apartment block was constructed approximately 12 years ago close to the city centre of Manchester. The building provides 252 apartments over 8 floors with a car park under the residential area and cladding fitted on the entire external face of the building.

A compartmentation survey was completed following a Fire Risk Assessment and many concerns were raised with the compartmentation, in addition to the external rainwater façade system.

Following this report the local fire authority were asked to assist and changes were requested.

The building had a ‘stay put’ policy, following instructions from the fire authority, this was to be changed to a simultaneous evacuation policy.

 

BRIEF:

The original brief from the client was to provide a new evacuation policy, but work with the managing agent and residents committee to ensure there were no concerns over their safety within the building.
 

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Working in partnership with the managing agent, employer of the concierge team, local Fire Authority, fire extinguisher supplier, fire detection supplier and fire engineers, a plan was implemented where extra smoke detection was installed throughout. I then designed and delivered a training package to assist the concierge staff in various remits:

  • The timely and safe evacuation of residents.
  • How to use the correct fire extinguisher effectively, in line with safety procedures.
  • Implement and understand Personal Emergency Evacuation Procedure.
  • How to update the attending Fire and Rescue Service on the outcome, in the event of evacuation.
  • What kind of materials can be stored in and around the building.
  • Regular building checks both internal and external.
  • Improved security, following information that members of the homeless community were gaining entry to sleep in remote areas.
  • Providing improved PPE and extra equipment to assist with the extra duties, wet weather and hi-visibility clothing, radio system, loud hailer, clipboard and pens, etc.

 

Policies were put in place ensuring that they meet with legislation under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, appease the fire authority, the insurance company and provide peace of mind for the residents.