PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION FOR Assisted Living and Care Homes
Residents of assisted living and care homes often have varied and sometimes complex support requirements and, to meet these needs, the fire strategy in these buildings is often centred on a ‘stay put’ policy. As a result the additional time, protection and structural integrity provided by passive fire protection becomes even more essential. Whether entirely new build, refurbishment of an existing building or a renovation of a listed building with new build attachments, our teams have provided the effective passive fire protection systems needed to ensure the safety of residents across the country.
New build facilities across the UK
Pyrotect have delivered passive fire protection for a number of large-scale new build projects for assisted living and care home sites across the UK, installing extensive intumescent paint, firestopping, cavity barrier and acoustic sealing packages to meet the increased fire resistance specifications required, including a £150,000 package at St George’s Place retirement village, Edgbaston for Balfour Beatty, and substantial packages for Willmott Dixon at Springfields assisted living facilities in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire and Parkfield Grange Care Home, Stourbridge .
Our Contracts Management team work closely with site management teams to streamline the process as much as possible, both in managing multiple packages on site, and supporting sequencing with other trades, often resulting in budget and time efficiencies whilst achieving certified compliance. Our skilled passive fire protection installers deliver approved and tested passive fire protection solutions in accordance with the site-specific fire strategy, marking up drawings as they pass through the building to provide site management with a detailed package of quality assurance evidence of locations in the envelope or compartment wall that have been effectively protected.
Fire surveys, maintenance and remedial works
Maintaining passive fire protection during the building’s lifecycle is essential in remaining compliant. Refurbishments, upgraded electrical systems and installations of heating and ventilation systems are just some of the ways installed passive fire protection measures can become damaged.
Conducting fire surveys and delivering remedial and maintenance packages in live environments such as these comes with additional considerations, particularly when working alongside vulnerable people and resident safeguarding is a priority for our operatives. With substantial experience in completing these projects, our teams work closely with the site and/or facilities management team to ensure smooth flow of works and minimum disruption and noise on site, with a respect and sensitivity to the needs and requirements of the residents and their homes.
In order to meet the additional needs of these unique and special environments, our teams provide the following:
- Pre-start meeting to capture all site-specific needs and considerations, and outline sequencing
- Deployment of qualified, experienced site installation teams and surveyors
- Detailed, site-specific RAMS
- Briefing with site teams prior to commencement
- Regular catch-ups with site/facilities teams to ensure smooth project delivery, check sequencing flow is still workable and address any changes (particularly in the live environment)
- DBS checked site teams
- Quality assurance throughout and certification on completion
Facilities Manager or Building Manager of an existing building? Our certified fire inspectors can walk you through the fire survey process and identify any areas of non-compliance that put your building at increased risk, and identify a remedial action plan. Contact the team on 01530 416870 for more information.