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
Airbus - AWIC

The £40m facility will enable Airbus to perform structural tests on aircraft materials, components and large assemblies, including complete wings. The strong floor will support a 220-tonne, 10m-high steel wall where structural tests specimens will be attached to allow testing to take place.

The pour itself lasted a continuous 23-hour period, one hour under the scheduled 24. It required a lorry load of specially prepared concrete to arrive every six minutes to provide a constant supply to the pour and avoid any inconsistencies in the concrete.

A total of 1,440 cubic metres was poured into the floor, which measures 40m by 18m, 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 AWIC facility is supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.

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CASE STUDY
Rosenberg House

On Tuesday 31st January Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall came to celebrate the reopening of the newly modernised almhouse, Rosenberg House. Built in 1974, connecting to an early Georgian east wing, Rosenberg House is a grade II listed building that provides homes for some of St John’s Hospitals’ elderly local residents in Bath.

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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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