Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Client: Lorne Stewart- Plymouth School of Creative Arts

Project: Design, support and commissioning services to Smoke Control Systems.

Value: £64,000.00

Duration: 10 weeks

Details: Smoke Control Systems (SCS) provided smoke ventilation for the fire-fighting lobbies and stair of the fire-fighting shaft required because of the open-plan floor areas with powered smoke removal from the fire-fighting lobbies for minimum area of smoke shaft.
Equipment supplied operates as a complete system to provide the mechanical equivalent of what is described in Building Research Establishment (BRE) Project Report 79204.
Primary operation of the system is automatic from smoke detectors in the lobbies.
However, it may be that a fire incident occurs when the building is not occupied.
It could be then that with no escapees entering a lobby from a fire floor and bringing smoke with them smoke detection does not operate to start the ventilation system in a lobby.
Thus as recommended in BRE79204 each lobby contains a fire-fighters switch for fire-fighters to manually operate the ventilation system should they arrive and it not be operating as required to aid fire-fighting operations,
A pressure differential sensing system was provided for use in the escape phase so that in the escape phase the negative pressure created on a door does not exceed the maximum force to open recommended in British Standards.
The fan set contains duty and stand-by fan units with automatic change-over if required and the fan control panel receives duty and stand-by power supplies with automatic changeover if required.

In addition SCS provided ventilators for smoke clearance in the atrium with appropriate controls for fire-fighters.

Cathedral House

Client: Intelle Construction / Cathedral House, Cardiff

Project: Design, support and commissioning services to Smoke Control Systems.

Value: £38,000

Duration: 52 weeks

Details:An existing office building was converted to living accommodation with smoke ventilation required to help escapees should there be a fire in apartment.
The restricted floor area meant that a powered smoke shaft system was required to minimize floor space requirements for ventilation.
Working on a Design and Build basis including all necessary approvals Smoke Control Systems (SCS) were able to provide the system with operation automatic from smoke detectors in the lobbies.
The fan set contains duty and stand-by fan units with automatic change-over if required and the fan control panel receives duty and stand-by power supplies with automatic changeover if required.
It was not possible to install the fan set required on the roof of the building.
SCS made a suggestion which was subsequently approved and incorporated so that the fan set could be incorporated into the structure and the roof was not required.

Highbury Crescent

Client: Highbury Crescent

Project: Design, support and commissioning services to Smoke Control Systems.

Value: £56,000

Duration: 5 Weeks

Details: An existing office building was converted to living accommodation with two blocks and each block required smoke ventilation to help escapees should there be a fire in apartment.
Two independent shaft systems were required: one natural and one powered.
Smoke Control Systems (SCS) were able to provide both systems with operation of each automatic from smoke detectors in the corridors.
The fan set for the powered system contains duty and stand-by fan units with automatic change-over if required and the fan control panel receives duty and stand-by power supplies with automatic changeover if required.
By staggered commissioning and handover of floors SCS were able to help with the phased occupation of the apartments.
A feature of the project was the very restricted spaces and there was a challenge concerning a lobby on the top floor of the block incorporating the natural system.
SCS made a suggestion which was subsequently approved and incorporated so that the top floor is a more user-friendly space.