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
The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough building situated in the heart of Bath was formerly part of the City of Bath College. A Grade II listed building from the Georgian period designed by John Pinch the Elder. The conversion to a 5* luxury hotel presented many challenges. The new multi-storey Lower Borough Walls wing reflects the host building architecturally. In the heart of the hotel lies Spa Village Bath, which is quite unique insofar as it has access to the natural thermal mineral-rich waters, making it the only natural thermal spa inside a hotel in the UK.

The main stair protection was particularly challenging as enclosing it was not an option from a conservation perspective. A solution of discreetly placed fire curtains operating on the fire alarm system to provide protection was developed. There are also isolated areas with sprinkler protection to provide an alternative to passive fire protection.

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CASE STUDY
Astley Castle

A 12th-century fortified manor which had been lying in ruins since a fire in 1978, Astley Castle had seen additions and revisions carried out in almost every century since Medieval times. Throughout its history the site has been owned by no less than three Queens of England.

The Landmark Trust boldly set out to reinstate occupancy of Astley Castle in a manner appropriate for the 21st century.  After careful recording, those parts of the building beyond pragmatic repair were taken down.  By inserting a groundbreaking modern holiday home into the shell of the ancient castle, the architects, Witherford Watson Mann, were able to both stabilise the ruin and create the next layer of the building’s history.  The results showcase how modern architecture can be unashamedly but sympathetically stitched into ancient fabric to significant effect.

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CASE STUDY
University of Hertfordshire

  • Refurbishment and alterations of the Hutton Building and Hutton Hall, including multi-storey new-build Hutton-Hub student zone.
  • Refurbishment and extension of Prince Edward Hall.

To the design of Vincent and Gorbing and construction by Contractor Morgan Sindall in association with Stride Treglown as executive architects , the works included an extensive refurbishment of Prince Edward Hall to form a new Learning Zone and Refreshment Space. The end result is a stylish timber lined informal study and meeting area for students adjacent to a new café and seating area. Externally the building has been granite clad.

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