Fire Risk Assessment

Almost all non-domestic premises are legally required to have a fire risk assessment. The purpose of the assessment is simple: to identify the fire precautions required to protect people from fire. This not only includes people on the premises, but also those in the vicinity of the premises who may be affected by fire.

At Fraigneux we use our expertise to ensure that our fire risk assessments meet legal requirements, whilst not placing an unnecessary burden on your business. Contact us today to discuss your legal duties and how we can help you meet them.

Fire Engineering

Every great building starts life as only a few pencil lines in an architect's sketch book. But if the design of a building could only be based on prescriptive building codes, many of these inspirational visions would never materialise into finished buildings. Fire engineering is the means by which buildings can be designed to meet the required levels of safety, without being restricted to traditional building codes.

At Fraigneux we use our skill and expertise to develop solutions which optimise cost and safety, working in harmony with the building. Using a range of techniques, including the application of advanced computer modelling, we can play a vital role in ensuring your project brief is met. And fire engineering isn't limited to city-centre skyscrapers - even the most humble structure can benefit from our input.

Fraigneux: enabling architecture

Sometimes our job is too easy...

This photo shows a wall between a lobby and a staircase. The wall should be fire resisting – that’s why it’s got a fire door in it. But to the right of the door, the edge of the wall doesn’t continue to building's outside wall. If you’re in the lobby you can shake hands with your friend in the staircase.

This building is only four years old. With all of our health & safety legislation, how could this mistake have occurred? How was the building approved by regulators? Why did 3 other fire risk assessments not identify this problem?

Sometimes you don’t have to be an expert to spot glaring fire safety problems. Or do you?

Looking for direction?

Fire safety law, rules and guidance have evolved over decades, often as the result of disastrous fires. As a consequence, many of our numerous standards can appear uncoordinated, confusing and even contradictory. Finding your way in the fire safety world can be difficult and time-consuming.

Fraigneux's team of consultants are selected for their experience, qualifications and, above all, thorough knowledge of fire safety. This enables us to provide first class advice to our clients, ensuring their projects move in the right direction.

Jargon

The world is full of jargon and confusing definitions, and the fire safety arena is no exception. At Fraigneux one of our top priorities is to communicate using simple to understand language, cutting-out jargon wherever possible.

Not only does this mean our clients know what we're thinking, it also means we avoid misunderstandings with design teams and ensure the approvals process is as smooth and transparent as possible.

Fire Safety Management

Fire engineering isn't just about working with architects on glossy new buildings; once a building is occupied it is essential that those responsible for managing fire safety understand their building and the people in it.

Fraigneux can audit your management systems against levels set in British Standards, to ensure that you are operating at the level appropriate for the risk in your premises. This audit can then be used to demonstrate that your management is sufficient to achieve legal compliance.

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