West Berkshire Council

CLIENT: West Berkshire Council

PROJECT DETAILS: Fire Risk Assessments &
Technical Specification for Remedial Works

NIFES ROLE: Fire Engineering Consultants

Background

West Berkshire Council required Fire Risk Assessments in accordance with The Regularity Reform (Fire Safety Order 2005) to be carried out for their portfolio of over 150 properties. Properties included, Residential Care Homes, HMO’s, Sheltered Accommodation, Leisure Centres, Offices, Schools, etc.

Following a tendering process NIFES Consulting Group were appointed as their fire Engineering Consultants.

Approach

This project initially involved carrying out fire risk assessments and the development of fire strategies for West Berkshire Councils portfolio of buildings. Risk ranked and prioritised fire action plans were provided for each building allowing schemes of works to be set in place to address high and significant risks, where budget allowed.

Following this NIFES carried out the detailed specification, including liaising with Building Control, and tender process along with the Project management and sign off of the required fire remedial works for a large number of properties including schools, care homes & leisure centres.

Once the works were completed the fire strategy was updated along with the fire risk assessment for the relevant buildings.

Results

  • Ensured compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 was met for the council’s property portfolio.
  • Provided user friendly action plans for each property allowing risks to be quantified and prioritised.
  • Developed fire strategies that worked for existing properties.
  • Delivered compliant buildings following remedial works – technical specification, management & sign off.

‘A job well executed in a short space of time and demanding environments.’
Andy Green, Head of Property Services