Fire, Security and Safety
Increasing pressure on contractors to deliver bigger, quicker and cheaper builds can result in mistakes that can sometimes cost lives. The construction industry shoulders much responsibility, so the importance of making fundamental changes to methods of working is immeasurable. Glyn Coates from Zeroignition looks at the flaws in traditional methods of construction – and the solutions offered by adopting an off-site approach, particularly when concerning fire protection.
Select the right contractor
A finished building should be fully compliant and fit-for-purpose. To accomplish this it is essential projects are designed, specified and constructed by accredited professionals. However, it appears in practice that many contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder rather than to well researched and vetted companies.
SMARTPLY FR OSB3 is the flame-retardant panel for use in structural applications, that can now be manufactured in panels of up to 7.5m long by 2.5m wide, making it ideal for offsite construction methods.
Intratone has installed 25 of its digital noticeboards in the communal areas of a number of tower blocks in Stockport Housing Group’s property portfolio supporting the group’s aim of enhancing digital communications.
Following the Grenfell disaster and the West Hampstead balcony fires, it was only a matter of time before safety concerns gave rise to statutory measures and those changes arrived in December 2018. Will Forbes, Technical Project Lead at balcony specialist Neaco, explains their impact on design and specification.