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 Walronds, Cullompton

The Walronds is a Listed Grade 1 building erected in 1605. It was originally constructed as a dwelling house but has been used as a meeting house at ground floor level with a maisonette formed within the two floors immediately over the ground floor.  The building was on the English Heritage register of buildings at risk.  The proposal involved the renovation and conservation of the building which includes improvements to fire safety.

Read More

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.

Read More

CASE STUDY
Pangbourne College

The new build Harding Communications Centre at Pangbourne College designed by Mitchell Taylor Workshop combines a music school and ICT facility together under one roof and won the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA South Regional Award 2014. The building was designed to the BREEAM Excellent Standard and uses ‘Passivhaus’ principles with a continuous line of insulation over composite construction. 

Read More