THE FDS GROUP EVENT

Controlling Smoke for a Clearer Future

Date: TBC
Location:
Science & Industry Museum,
1830 Warehouse Bay 3,
Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP.

 

Witness the launch of The FDS Group and our range
of services in the North of England.

To mark this expansion, we present our 'Controlling Smoke for a Clearer Future' seminar. After the success of this seminar last year in London, we felt it provident to showcase our approach to Smoke Control and introduce The FDS Group to those involved in the construction industry in the North of England.

COVID-19 Event Statement

We have been closely monitoring updates on the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For the health and safety of our attendees and staff, we have decided to postpone this event.

Health and safety will always be our number one priority, and to that end, the event will now take place at a later date. For those who have registered, we will keep you up to date and confirm a new date as soon as possible.

While this has not been an easy decision, we feel it is the right one in the current environment.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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The current approach to fire safety

Over the last two years since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, all of us in the construction industry will have seen, experienced and felt the first steps of change in the approach to the design, construction and management of fire safety, particularly in residential buildings.

The government commissioned the Hackitt independent review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Hackitt review identified a systematic failure underpinned by ignorance, indifference, a lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities and inadequate regulatory oversight and enforcement tools. There is insufficient focus on delivering the best quality building possible.

The government is proposing a radically new building and fire safety system which puts resident’s safety at its heart. Approved Document B has been republished to provide more specific advice on how to meet the fire safety requirements of the Building Regulations. New Building Regulations have been introduced prohibiting the use of nearly all combustible materials in the external walls of residential buildings more than 18 m tall. These may be extended to include other high-risk buildings in the future.

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The construction industry has not stood still during this process. Many stakeholders within the industry, including designers, developers, contractors and building operators, have been implementing their measures to address the problems.

Examples of these include:

  • Early decisions to adopt safer external wall construction specifications.
  • The increased level of sprinkler protection in buildings.
  • The implementation of tighter construction management controls ahead of any changes to regulations.
  • An approval scheme for the smoke control industry.

It is still too early to predict what a new building and fire safety system will look like, but the objective of improving building quality is clear. Our industry will face many challenges over the next few years to improve the approach to the design, construction and management of fire safety to deliver better building quality.

 

Event Highlights

Business Design Centre,
Islington, London.
Friday 20th September 2019.

We ran this event on London back in September. It was very well received and we're pleased to bring the event, insightful talks and guest speakers to Manchester this March.

Agenda

Date: Thursday 26th March 2020
Location:
Science & Industry Museum,
1830 Warehouse Bay 3,
Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP.

 

Over the last two years since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, all of us in the construction industry will have seen, experienced and felt the first steps of change in the approach to the design, construction and management of fire safety, particularly in residential buildings.

09:30: Arrival & Registration

10:00: Opening Remarks by the Chair
Nick Waterfield, Managing Director,FDS Group

10:10: The Consequences of Tighter Regulation
Steve Morgan, Director, FDS Consult

10:40: Installer Competence and Smoke Control Products with Independent Certification
Allan Hurdle, International HVAC Consultant, Consultant to the Smoke Control Association

11:10: Designing Compliant Solutions
Simon Sheldon, Technical Manager, Fire Design Solutions

11:30: Break

12:00: The Benefits of Working with Expert Fire Engineers
John Harris, Head of Sales & Marketing, Fire Design Solutions

12:30: The Importance of Fire Safety System Maintenance: Will it work when you need it?
Simon Sheldon, Technical Manager, Fire Design Solutions

13:00: Lunch Served

13:45: Complimentary Wine Tasting

Our Speakers

Allan Hurdle

Allan Hurdle

HVAC Consultant
SCA Consultant

Nick Waterfield

Nick Waterfield

Managing Director
Fire Design Solutions

Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan

Director
FDS Consult

Simon Sheldon

Simon Sheldon

Technical Manager
Fire Design Solutions
John Harris

John Harris

Sales & Marketing
Fire Design Solutions

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