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
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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CASE STUDY
Marwell Zoo

Intended to replace the existing Tropical World exhibit, the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo aims to incorporate an Energy Centre using a sustainable energy source to power both the Tropical House, and other exhibits within the park. Animals such as sloths, monkeys and lizards will interact with visitors as they walk along a path through tropical themed environments of vegetation, waterfalls rock faces and aquariums.

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CASE STUDY
National Museum of the Royal Navy

Storehouse 10 at the historic naval dockyard in Portsmouth was constructed in the mid-eighteenth century, during an upsurge in naval building prompted by events such as the Seven Years War. It was originally used to store everyday supplies for working ships plus some naval items.

During the Second World War, Storehouse 10 was hit by an incendiary bomb, which destroyed the clock tower and most of the roof and upper floors. More extensive damage was prevented due to a strenuous firefighting effort to save the radar sets within, which were to be some of the first installed in Royal Navy ships.

Restoration of Storehouse 10 was gradual and was eventually completed in 1992. It has now been converted to form part of the National Museum for the Royal Navy complex. 

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