Fire Protection Ltd's first involvement in the Battersea project was July 2015 when initial fire rated ducting requirements were discussed with consultants Chapman BDSP.
M&E contractor SES then appointed M&E ductwork installer Hotchkiss Limited in early 2019 who started the installation of fire rated Kitchen Extract, Smoke Extract, Atrium Smoke Extract to achieve 120 minutes fire resistance to meet BS 476 Pt 24 1987 requirements.
The installation was designed to the old BS 476 part 24 standard as the design process started prior to 1st July 2013. This is unusual in today's market because the majority of projects are either in planning or on site, where the design started after this date and therefore have to follow the BS EN 1366 standard.
Hotchkiss started the site installation in May 2019 on this complicated project.
Close coordination between Fire Protection Ltd and Hotchkiss ensured that the availability of product to site was manufactured and delivered to a tight schedule.
This is a large site which created a number of challenges we had to overcome.
Jack Saul from Hotchkiss commented that "Competition for delivery slots with only minimal access available meant that commitment to deliveries at set times was required".
"We also had congestion in the plantroom as a result of early delivery of other systems, this meant installation became difficult. That in conjunction with other trades working in the same locations and the building not being watertight during the early installation phase, both had an impact on where ducting could be installed".
"Having said that the installation was of a high quality, was on time and to a high standard with only minor incidents"
Fire Protection Ltd's Project Manager Colin Childs visited the site on a regular basis to check the installation was installed to the correct standard and to issue Certificates of Conformity for each floor. These CoCs were used in the site manual to meet regulation 38 as defined on Approved Document B.