Client

Baxall Construction working for East Sussex County Council

Location

Central Library, Hastings, East Sussex

Scope

As part of a £5.2m refurbishment plan to add 80 sqm Amsco were tasked with the design and installation of a bespoke fire protection system in the basement for documents and staff.

Duration

May 2017 - 6 weeks

Case Study: Hastings Library

The problem

To protect the archives and staff who work in the basement of this library and as part of a £5M refurbishment project a fire protection system needed to be installed. Provision of enough water for a sprinkler system was a problem as it would need a tank and a pump. The design process highlighted that a mist system would be the best option as the water tank would be far smaller than a standard sprinkler tank and capable of being stored in the basement area. As the building was in a conservation area, a mist system was also preferable over a standard sprinkler system as it would greatly diminish any water damage to the archives and the newly refurbished building in case of an activation.

The brief

Amsco met with an Independent Fire Consultant who outlined the problems for this specific case. As the building was Grade 2 Listed, any works needed to be sympathetic and ensure the Heritage features were protected. Due to lack of space in the basement it was recommended to install an Amsco mist system. The consultant guided Amsco through the processes in order to be accepted by East Sussex County Council and once the brief was accepted Amsco was tasked with providing this engineered solution.

Our Approach

Once it was identified that a suppression system was required for this building work started with the main contractor Baxall Construction. We provided details of an option for a low pressure mist system in all areas of the basement floor. This provided the necessary protection that was required to allow safe future use of this basement floor. The priority for the client was to protect the staff and minimise damage to any of the property and contents.

Project Specifics

Following meetings with the fire consultant and Baxall Construction a programme of works was established for this proposed fire suppression system. This was put before East Sussex County Council who approved the plans and although the overall refurbishment project was relatively lengthy the mist system was installed in a matter of weeks. The mist system was finished and commissioned before the refit of the area was complete. It necessitated a few changes but was on time and to budget.

Next steps

Since the install Amsco has carried out a programme of yearly maintenance and the task of looking after the system going forward.

Amsco provided a cost-effective solution for the fire protection to the basement of the library. Amsco were contracted to design, supply and install the system. Their work was carried out according to our programme, the engineers on site were efficient and cooperative. The back up from the office was excellent. We have worked with Amsco before and their works on this project were to their usual high standards. I look forward to working together again.

Graham Tuthill Project Manager

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