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Warringtonfire invests in testing facility

AS A part of Element Materials Technology,

the company has

invested in the new façade testing facility in Melbourne, Australia. It stated that the ‘latest stage’

of investment at the fire testing laboratory in Melbourne has been completed, with the project so far having involved an upgrade of the façade testing facilities. This has seen a roof and smoke extraction system added over the top of the test rig, which completed the installation, and this rig will support testing for BS 8414 and AS 5113 large scale tests that ‘determine […] the behaviour of an overall external cladding system’.

These latest improvements are designed to ‘ensure’ that


programmes ‘remain on schedule’ at the laboratory, shortening overall turnaround times as well as ‘delivering service

levels that Warringtonfire’s

customers expect’. Rob Veitch, executive vice president

of fire and building products at Element, commented: ‘The improved facilities in Melbourne provide added protection

from variable weather

conditions, which avoids consequent delays. This investment ensures that the comprehensive service we offer to our customers is in line with the quality of the testing we perform.’

WLS finishes regeneration installation

FIRE SAFFETY and security specialist WLS completed its work installing fully integrated fire alarm systems as part of the Elephant & Castle regeneration programme. The installation was undertaken on behalf of Cilantro Engineering as part of the £3bn project providing 1,693 affordable homes as well as leisure, cultural, community, education and commercial facilities alongside public realm improvements. WLS installed fire detection and alarm systems in communal areas of two,

four storey

apartment blocks, as well as in a ten storey and a 16 storey block. These were constructed on the sites of

former residential towers, demolished ‘to make way for more contemporary, higher standard homes’. The WLS installation was designed to ‘meet the agreed fire strategy’ for the buildings and ensure a ‘flexible approach’ to meeting changing requirements for building control during design and installation. Smoke detection and fire alarm systems were interfaced with other elements of

safety and building services, such as automatic opening vents on upper floors, smoke dampers, access control systems, sprinkler systems lifts, mechanical plant and a building management system. WLS said that this enabled a ‘full cause and effect scenario-based approach to occupier safety’. Sean Hickey, commercial director of

Cilantro Engineering, commented: ‘We had design and delivery responsibility for electrical, mechanical and protection services for these four residential blocks and enlisted the help of WLS as trusted experts in fire safety. The interesting element of the fire and security installation for this project is not the individual technologies, but the need to interface all those elements with each other to provide the most robust response possible to the safety strategy for the buildings. ‘WLS’s experience of challenging

environments like this was invaluable on this project and the end result will offer peace of mind to tenants.’

THE FPA will exhibit at and hold a member event at the Fire Safety Event in Birmingham from 9 to 11 April, providing key updates on regulatory changes. FPA membership and events manager Dominic Louks said: ‘We are delighted to be taking part in the Fire Safety Event 2019, a dynamic and fast- growing industry event that brings together authoritative content from leading industry experts alongside manufacturers,

and service providers.’ For more information,

www.firesafetyevents. com

Closer tests

FIRE DOOR manufacturer Samuel Heath’s Powermatic concealed door closers were tested in full size fire tests by Exova Warringtonfire at its laboratory, with 30 minute and four hour tests undertaken in accordance with BS EN 1634-1 on a timber fire door. The door set ‘easily achieved’ the requirements of the 42 minute test, with the closer holding the door in place after the hinge and joint failed, while the four hour test was passed ‘comfortably’.

Visit www.

concealeddoorclosers. com for more information

New MD

ADVANCED HAS appointed Pete Browitt as managing director. Mr Browitt, who has previously worked at Apollo and in range of other industries,

succeeds Ray

Hope who has retired after holding the post for 19 years. Mr Hope will continue to have an advisory role within Advanced’s parent company Halma for the next year, to support ‘ambitious growth and acquisition plans’. For more information, visit www.advancedco. com

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