Sure Healthcare Limited

CLIENT: Sure Healthcare Limited

SECTOR: Residential accommodation caring for adults over 65 years who require nursing or personal care for, dementia, treatment of disease, disorder or injury.

PRODUCT: Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Evacuation Plan, Fire Warden Training – including horizontal and vertical progressive evacuation with a ski evacuation pad.

BACKGROUND:

Riverside Care Complex is two homes, Derwent House and a new purpose-built building, Riverview Lodge. A Fire Risk Assessment was completed on Derwent House and Riverview Lodge.

There is a total of 65 en-suite bedrooms providing residential and nursing care for the elderly in Derwent House and residential care in Riverview Lodge for those living with dementia.

BRIEF:

The original brief from the client was to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment for Derwent House and when the building work was signed off by building control, to also complete one for Riverside Lodge.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Working in partnership with Sure Healthcare Limited, and the local Fire Authority, the assessments were completed. Areas were highlighted that could be improved and these were quickly addressed. Fire warden training including horizontal and vertical progressive evacuation with a ski evacuation pad with a revised evacuation plan were delivered. A regular training schedule was put in place to deliver courses every 6 months to keep new staff and existing staff up to date with the required training. The training was taken over by in-house training team.

With regular reviews of the Fire Risk Assessment by the in-house maintenance team and ongoing training, this will ensure they meet with legislation under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, appease the Quality Care Commission, their insurance company and provide peace of mind for the family of residents using their services.

Enforcement Notice

CLIENT: Details withheld

SECTOR: Residential and Commercial

PRODUCT: Fire Risk Assessment

BACKGROUND:

A large building that has multiple uses: Hotel, HMO, Restaurant, Public House, Nightclub, Estate Agency, and a Karaoke Bar. The building operates over 4 floors, including a basement.

The client had a fire risk assessment completed following a request from the local fire authority. The assessment was deemed unsuitable and lacked in many areas; the client was duly instructed to complete a new one. The original supplier was given the opportunity to provide a satisfactory assessment but fell short of the stipulations outlined by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

 

BRIEF:

The brief from the client was to provide a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment in compliance with the fire authority’s guidelines. Once completed, it was to be emailed to the client and the fire authority for their records.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Working in partnership with the initial fire risk assessor, the fire authority, the site owner, senior management team and individual responsible persons, a fire risk assessment was completed covering all businesses and areas of the building.

The completed document was sent to the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service where it was deemed to be more than sufficient. Being a large, complex site, a thorough examination and analysis of the site was provided as it would be to a smaller site.

Recommendations were given to ensure that they meet with legislation under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, to appease the fire authority, the insurance companies, and provide peace of mind for the residents, owners, and business users alike.

Stay Put Policy to a Simultaneous Evacuation

CLIENT: Details withheld

SECTOR: Residential

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

BACKGROUND:
This substantial 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 raised with the compartmentation, in addition to the external façade system. Following this report, the local fire authority was 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 and work with the managing agent and residents committee to ensure there were no concerns over their safety during this process.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Working in partnership with the managing agent, employer of the concierge team, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, 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 on a developing fire
  • Implement and understand Personal Emergency Evacuation Procedure
  • How to update the attending Fire and Rescue Service on the outcome, in the event of evacuation
  • Advising on what can be stored in and around the building’s car park and external facade
  • 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

Fire Risk Assessment over two phases

CLIENT: Beaumont Morgan Developments Limited

SECTOR: Residential

PRODUCT: Fire Risk Assessment

BACKGROUND:

Sovereign House is a large office block in Sheffield’s City Centre that is undergoing extensive refurbishments providing modern student accommodation of 178 flats. There is building work being carried out over 2 phases.

Phase 1 is to refurbish up to floor 9 and allow students to move in. Phase 2 is to extend the building from floor 9 to floor 12, enabling further flats to be released.

Phase 1 is complete, and the students are now living in the development. Phase 2 will be completed in April 2016 where an addition will be made to the initial fire risk assessment.

 

BRIEF:

The original brief from the client was to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment whilst extensive building work is underway within a tight timescale to enable part of the building to be let to students.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

Working in partnership with Beaumont Morgan Developments, Building Control Officers and Building Contractors, the fire risk assessment was completed, and outstanding work and policies were put in place ensuring that they meet with legislation under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, appease their insurance company and provide peace of mind for the parents of students living away from home.

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