What We Do

Fire Risk Assessment

Braidwood Fire conduct Fire Risk Assessments on your behalf with competent, qualified staff in order to ensure your compliance with fire safety legislation. We allow you to concentrate on your core business and competencies while you allow us to concentrate on ours. If you are unsure as to your level of competency in fire risk assessments, please feel free to contact us in order that we can ensure that you, your colleagues and your business is safe from fire.

Our qualified staff have experience in many business and property types.  Fire Risk Assessments need to be relevant not only to the property but to the type of business being carried out.  This is the case whether an office, retail, HMO property, factory or warehouse.

In the operation of any business, fire risk assessment can easily become one of the tasks that will be done ‘tomorrow’. Restricted budgets and pressures to get things done force business managers to complete this task by staff not competent or experienced in fire or risk assessment. This decision could have catastrophic effects with over 580 people dying in the UK from fire related injuries.

Legislation has changed within the workplace with the removal of fire certificates and increased liability upon the named ‘responsible person’. Corporate manslaughter is a legal reality therefore employers must ensure that their risk assessments are conducted by legally competent personnel otherwise they may feel the full force of the judicial system

Fire Engineering

A complex and fast changing legislative framework and a move towards performance based standards, necessitate a fundamentally based scientific / engineering approach to fire protection design.

Through design and analysis, Braidwood Fire can provide alternative fire engineered solutions in compliance with current building standards throughout the UK.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Zoned Fire Modelling enhance and support or vast experience in fire engineering in order to achieve the best results for our clients.

Braidwood Fire work closely with architects and developers on new build and refurbishment projects to provide innovative solutions, including liaison with approving authorities until the successful completion of our projects.

Braidwood Fire additionally provides a support service to the end user in order to ensure that the ethos of the fire strategy can be incorporated within any subsequent fire risk assessment.

Increased Revenue/Reduced Building Costs

A Fire Engineered Solution provides options in the way of active fire protection measures, which, in turn allow for the removal of cumbersome passive protection e.g. protected lobbies and additional escape stairs, while maintaining the integral safety of the occupant and building user.  Braidwood Fire can, through engineering and design, ensure that you maximise space available for either rent or sale thus increasing your revenue with dramatic results.

Open plan living is a concept previously restricted with the freedom of design by architects being limited.  With a fully calculated Fire Engineered Solution, the options are limited only by the imagination.  Domestic sprinklers, for example, can be installed as a compensating feature in developments where the Building Regulations cannot be complied with in respect of means of escape or access for the fire brigade.  Some projects have reported that sprinklers has resulted in a cost saving where the building authority has permitted trade-offs in respect of means of escape facilities.

Case Study

Restricted Building Space

A development with low water pressure and restricted fire service access did not satisfy functional building standards and did not receive approval for construction.  Full CFD modelling was utilised after consultation within the local authority in order to develop an alternative engineered solution to satisfy the client’s needs and building standards.

Active fire protection measures were layered into an analysis to achieve tenable conditions for occupants of the property, within a design fire scenario, as required within BS7974.  This was completed to the satisfaction of the Local Authority with a solution providing a saving to the construction cost along with additional space for living accommodation.