Fire safety consultancy

As consultants, Oculus provide fire strategy designs, fire safety management plans and fire risk assessments.

The team have a great deal of experience in developing fire strategies for buildings for code compliance for projects where the building control services are being carried out by others.

Finding an innovative solution for fire safety can save budget, the architects vision and, most importantly, lives

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is concerned with ensuring that employees and other persons within the workplace are able to escape safely in case of fire.  A fire risk assessment is an essential part of the risk management process and, with regard to life safety, is legally required to be carried out in all workplaces and must be kept up to date.  Oculus undertake fire risk assessments for compliance with the fire safety order and also under the Housing Act 2004 which aims to ensure that premises, constituting a ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ have a reasonable standard of fire safety.

 

FIRE SAFETY SERVICES

  • Assisting the Design Team with the development of fire strategies for code compliance with either Approved Document B or BS9999.
  • Developing fire safety management plans for sensitive uses such as extra-care facilities generally for Housing Associations.
  • Advising client (generally Housing Associations) on fire strategies from their Design Team to ensure strategy can be operationally managed when the building is in use.
  • Advising on fire safety measures for property protection.
  • Providing fire risk assessments and advising on solutions where significant findings require attention.

CASE STUDY
Burwalls House

The Burwalls site consists of a substantial historic Grade II listed main house and stable block annex and lies in nearly 5 acres of land adjacent to Brunel’s world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. The main house is in the Jacobethan style and was constructed in 1872 as a private dwelling by Joseph Leech, a local entrepreneur and owner of the Bristol Times and Mirror.

The site was purchased in 2014 by Kersfield Developments who obtained permission to split the main house into 5 impressive apartments, convert the Stable block in to 2 units and for the construction of 4 new detached dwellings.

The main house has been extended at various points during its history and some of the current works in this sensitive conversion were to remove elements of the more recent additions which are detrimental to the original building.

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CASE STUDY
Airbus - AWIC

The new £40m Aircraft Wing Integration Centre is arranged to maximise opportunities for departments to share spaces, equipment and ideas and will provide an innovative, highly flexible and easily adaptable physical test environment that forms a proving ground for the future technologies. This includes Airbus’ Wings of tomorrow programme, part of which focuses on exploring how wings can be more efficient, lighter and easier to make and assemble, looking at the best materials to use, assembly techniques and new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture. Covering 9,050m2 the scheme comprises hangar facilities including a 'Strong Floor' and relocatable ‘Strong Wall’, a high capacity hydraulic system to power multiple test rigs, three overhead cranes, laboratories, testing control rooms and open plan offices. As this facility is to be used to develop new technologies it was clearly important to build in flexibility for future uses. The delivery team was involved through this period and translated the design development into physical form with the same mind-set.

The ‘Strong Floor’ itself is 40 metres long by 18 metres wide and is housed within a building over 25 metres tall to allow the testing of full size wings from the largest Airbus aircraft including long term fatigue testing. A total of 1,440 cubic metres of concrete was used for the floor which took some 23 hours to cast to a total depth of two metres. The steel reinforcement amounted to a total of approximately 280 tonnes of rebar, estimated to be around 54 km laid end-to-end.

The 'Strong Wall' is 14 metres long, 10 metres high, 4.5 metres deep and has a total weight of 220 tonnes. It is made up of four modules and can be configured in two separate two module walls or a single four module wall. The mounting surfaces are machined to a close tolerance and when erected on the strong floor all points on the flange faces are within +/-1mm of a flat vertical plane. The structure is designed to cope with billions of load cycles so resistance to fatigue is the determining factor as well as its immense strength.

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CASE STUDY
Apex Hotel - Bath

The existing eight storey office block was demolished and construction began early 2015. The hotel,  a new 4* luxury hotel in central Bath opened as planned boasting 177 contemporary bedrooms, a 400 capacity conference facitlity and event spaces, making it Bath’s largest hotel in this regard.

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