Product / system manufacture
Bovis Lend Lease
Chelsea Bridge Wharf high rise housing development on the banks of the River Thames has benefited from the installation of Bilco smoke vents throughout all phases of the project.
Simon Shand-Brown, Bilco’s UK Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “95% of all fire related deaths result from smoke inhalation so it is vitally important for new buildings to have installed modern, reliable smoke vents. Bilco smoke vents were wired directly into the building management’s fire alarm system and are activated by smoke detectors.”
Bilco worked closely with contractors Bovis Lend Lease and sub-contractors Lakesmere Ltd to ensure the developer received the ventilation products most suited to its needs.
In the most recent development, phase 4, Bilco supplied 12 REM automatic smoke vents to serve both the stairwells and the smoke shafts, seven of which are single leaf vents equipped with two 24V DC linear actuators to ensure positive, controlled operation.
The other five are double leaf smoke vents that utilise four actuators. They were specially made to meet the client’s specific size requirement and aid firefighters in bringing a blaze under control by removing smoke, heat and gases from a burning building.
Three Bilco Bil-Guard Hatch Rail Systems were also supplied, offering a permanent fall protection solution for the hatch openings and aiding access on and off the roof.
Steve Hill, Project Manager at Lakesmere Ltd, said: “As with all Bilco units, these were delivered to the site complete and ready to install. Fixing was a speedy process requiring no special fasteners, tools or skills and the Bil-Clip flash system aided rapid installation.”
A major advantage of the REM automatic smoke vent is that if the system is triggered it can be reset remotely simply by flicking a switch without the need to climb to the roof and close the vent manually.
They also offer a convenient roof access point to enable the maintenance of equipment such as heating and ventilation systems and any other services that may be located there.