Passive Fire Protection for Sports and Leisure Facilities.
Sport, leisure and the value of some downtime for our emotional wellbeing is part of the culture at Pyrotect so we have been delighted to work on a range of sport and leisure facility projects across the UK. Each site is unique, from sports facilities to churches, cinemas to hotels and the requirements of the fire strategy can vary, particularly in venues such as hotels where the impact of sleeping on the capacity to evacuate quickly should be considered. All sports and leisure fire strategies have the same principles at their core: to protect the lives and property of the venue’s visitors and staff, the assets in the venue and the structural integrity of the building itself to limit the damage caused and the resulting costs and time to rebuild.
Through installation of tested and approved passive fire protection measures such as intumescent paint and firestopping to the more vulnerable points in the building, along with the creation and protection of compartment lines, the structural integrity of the building can be maintained in the event of a fire, and the spread of the heat, smoke and flame can be more effectively contained, enabling a longer evacuation time or more effective ‘stay put’ policy, greater access opportunity for the attending emergency services and greater structural protection.
New build facilities across the UK
Working closely with main contractors, our skilled passive fire protection installers both apply intumescent paints and install firestopping 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 protected.
Through this process, our teams have successfully delivered compliant and tested passive fire protection to a range of locations including hotels Blackpool’s first 5* with Duplus Architectural Systems, a Premier Inn in Banbury with McLaren Construction and Moxy Hotels in Birmingham and Southampton for Clark Contracts, a new clubhouse at Whittington Heath Golf Club with J Tomlinson, and a multi-package scheme the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre in preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with both Wates and APiC.
Fire surveys, maintenance and remedial works
Modernising refurbishments can give a sports and leisure venue a facelift, creating a desirable location with plenty of visitor appeal in an increasingly competitive market, while maintenance throughout the building’s life keeps it operating at its best. But refurbishments and maintenance works can create new vulnerabilities or non-compliances in the fire safety of a building, particularly if works affect compartment lines and unless the building manager is aware, these weaknesses create dangerous, unnecessary and often unrecognised risks. A thorough fire survey can identify vulnerabilities and non-compliance in the existing passive fire protection measures, and is an integral part of developing a remedial works programme.
Following a pre-start meeting, our fully-briefed teams will install all the necessary remedial requirements, generating a quality assurance audit trail as they pass through the building. Experienced in and sensitive to the needs of live environments, our teams are competent and capable and able to adapt to restrictions on access and noise, as well as the additional safety challenges of working in a publicly-accessible environment.
We’ve delivered successful remedial packages to a range of refurbished sports and leisure venues, including a firestopping package at the extensively refurbished Global Retreat Centre, Oxfordshire with LIFEBuild and the Arc Cinema in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire for Medlock FRB.
In order to meet the needs of sports and leisure venues, 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
- 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 live environments)
- Flexibility in working patterns to suit the flow of live sites
- DBS checked/ enhanced security clearance on site teams where required
- Value-based contracts, supporting project objectives in quality, sustainability and social value
- Quality assurance throughout and certification on completion
Building Manager or Facilities Manager of an existing facility? Our certified fire inspectors can walk you through the fire survey process and identify any areas of non-compliance that put you at increased risk. Contact the team on 01530 416870 for more information