passive fire protection for Commercial and Industrial buildings

Commercial and industrial units can have varying requirements – from high-rise office blocks in the heart of a city centre, to out-of-town industrial units housing substantial plant and machinery – but they share a regulatory requirement to protect the employees working there in the event of a fire. The installation of passive fire protection, not only helps to protect the lives in a building, but the assets too, and through structural damage limitation can significantly reduce the time and cost of rebuild in the aftermath.

New build facilities across the UK

New build commercial and industrial developments are common sights across the UK and Pyrotect has been delighted to be involved in several of them. Working closely with main contractors, our passive fire protection installers install both intumescent paints and 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.

Our teams have successfully delivered on new build commercial and industrial sites, including commercial packages across Wates’ development of 160,000ft2 of Cat A office space for HMRC in Bristol, McLaren Group’s development of a 735,000ft2 logistics centre in Warrington, and industrial sites including Goldbeck’s delivery of new offices and R&D centre for luxury car manufacturer Bentley at their Crewe HQ and a comprehensive installation at Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s Energy from Waste facility in Gloucestershire.

New build site? Our Sales team will be pleased to talk through your site and the specification you are working to build a realistic quotation whether you are at tender stage or have an order to place. Call the team on 01530 416870 or email

Fire surveys, maintenance and remedial works

Completing any works to existing commercial buildings and industrial facilities presents some challenges. Balancing the need for refurbishment with the need to maintain as close to business as usual can be difficult, particularly in noise-sensitive environments such as offices and call centres. But any works, current or historic, that affect the fire compartmentation line can carry a dangerous, unnecessary and often unrecognised risk to the lives of employees, as well as property and the building structure.

Our experienced contracts management team work closely with the site team throughout the process – whether a main contractor leading the refurbishment or a building or facilities manager responsible for the site – to ensure complete rectification of compartmentation vulnerabilities. One of our Contracts Managers will attend site for a full pre-commencement assessment, to understand both the passive fire protection requirements and the needs of the business/businesses that might be affected. Careful scheduling is agreed, particularly in noise-sensitive sites and out of hours working can be arranged. Full briefing of our installation teams follows, with all site-specific requirements detailed in the risk assessment and method statement (RAMS) and regular site contact is maintained throughout to ensure a successful delivery programme is met, while our quality assurance process provides demonstrable and recorded evidence of compliance to give peace of mind.

Our Contracts Managers are all certified fire inspectors and fire surveys can be arranged to guide the building manager or facilities manager through a review of existing passive fire protection if this has not been completed already. Our experienced site teams have delivered successful refurbishment and remedial packages to a varied mix of sites across the UK including Wates’ refurbishment of Platform 21, a 112,000ft2 commercial site in the heart of Birmingham to working with the facilities team at Eurofins Food Testing plant in Wolverhampton and Buckingham Group at the Rolls Royce testing facility in Derby.

Our commitment:

In order to meet the needs of commercial and industrial sites, 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

Main contractor leading a refurbishment? Facilities Manager of an existing facility? Our knowledgeable and skilled team can provide quality-assured, certificated passive fire protection to ensure compliance is reinstated into your building. Contact the team on 01530 416870 for more information