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Recent Updates To Approved Document B

On the 1st June 2022, the Government has granted various updates and improvements to Approved Document B which are intended to strengthen existing building regulations and safety guidance whilst clarifying critical elements. This new guidance aims to place higher standards

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The Benefits of Remote Monitoring For Fire Safety Systems

Protecting people and assets is paramount to any business, and consideration of managing the safety aspects of your estate, such as controlling fire detection, suppression, access and the evacuation of occupants, is essential. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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Simon Sheldon to Speak at The Fire Safety Event – 6th April 2022

We are delighted to announce that our Technical Manager, Simon Sheldon will be speaking at the upcoming rendition of The Fire Safety Event which will be taking place at NEC Birmingham from the 5th – 7th April. Simon’s session will

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Natural vs Mechanical Smoke Ventilation Systems

By keeping escape routes such as corridors and staircases clear, smoke ventilation systems allow for the safe and compliant evacuation of residential buildings and provide suitable access into the building for the fire services. Here, we look at the range

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Protected: The Latest BS 5839-9:2021 Guidance Has Now Been Published

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Assessing A Smoke Ventilation Quote?

What should you be looking for in smoke venting quotes to ensure your project is compliant? Smoke Venting systems are essential in ensuring the safety and compliance of any building. However, it is apparent that when examining quotations for smoke

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The Government’s New ‘Planning Gateway One’

Responding to the tragedy and Grenfell Tower and the following investigations that revealed an absence of fire safety incorporated in the early stages of high-rise residential projects, the government has announced it’s pledge to transform the regulatory framework for fire

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Effectiveness of The Hackitt Report in Creating Safer Buildings

With it being nearly three years since the publishing of the Hackitt Report, the construction industry has experienced changes from regulations being introduced; however, as you will see, it is very possible for more stringent regulations to be introduced to

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Celebrating Women in Construction

According to the office of national statistics, women represent just 12.8% of the construction industry in the UK. That’s why in honour of International Women’s Day, we decided to interview three successful women in construction here at FDS to discover

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Providing Smoke Ventilation Systems throughout the UK

FDS Group, a leading specialist in the design, installation and maintenance of smoke ventilation systems is proud to announce it’s recent expansion to its services nationwide. This will allow the company to better service vastly developing regions, particularly in the

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The Consequences of Tighter Regulations on Construction

Over the last few years, the fire safety and smoke ventilation industry has been experiencing shifting legislature resulting in changes to designing, installing and maintaining fire safety systems. Therefore, it is critical that in order for your projects to remain

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Amendments to Approved Document B

On 26th May 2020, both volumes of Approved Document B: Fire safety (2019 edition) were amended. Volume 1 – Dwellings Volume 2 – Buildings other than dwellings Key Amendments: Blocks of flats with a floor over 11m will require the

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The FDS Group’s 2020 Overview

2020 has been a challenging year for us all, however, with only a few weeks until we begin 2021, we’re excited to share with you some of our major highlights from this past year. This year, we have taken direct

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New Additions to the Board of Directors

With the recent restructuring of the FDS Group to better suite it’s client’s needs, it was apparent that a new leadership group needed to be formed, with the intention to better influence the future of the group and its business

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A Message from our CEO and Founder

With the FDS Group now approaching its 20th year of trading and a largely expanded workforce in a cross division of business sectors, Gerard Sheridan CEO updates us on how the business needs to restructure to allow greater concentration in

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FDS Group Remains Fully Operational Despite the Covid-19

First and foremost, here at FDS Group we hope you and your families are well and in good health during the ongoing fight against Covid-19. We want to take the time to reassure you that FDS Group are fully operational

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Covid-19 Business Operation Statement

As a support to your business, we fully understand the impact Covid-19 may be having.  However, we can confirm that FDS Contracting remains open and operational during the current Covid-19 issues across the United Kingdom. The wellbeing and safety of

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COVID-19 Statement

However, we would like to reassure our valued clients and customers that we are doing all we can to mitigate the impact as we continue to closely monitor the situation. We are following government recommendations closely and, as a result,

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Common Escape Routes

Common Escape Routes in Apartment Buildings

The previous rendition of the guidance was published in 2012, providing some much-needed direction in the industry, becoming the default reference document for many designers, installers and authorities in the UK. The purpose of the guidance is to provide recommendations

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Jas Singh

Welcome – Jas Singh

What is your background? Originally from the banking sector, I worked for Lloyds Banking Group’s Share Registration business where I spent 17 years working in various teams and divisions. My last role was Assistant Manager in the IT Network Operations

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Quantity Surveyors – What to look out for in smoke venting quotes

Fire safety systems such as smoke venting systems can be essential in ensuring the safety and compliance of any building. As part of an engineered approach, these systems can offer a number of benefits to a development, such as maximising

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Planning preventative maintenance

Planned Preventative Maintenance

Identifying and installing the right smoke control system is only the start of a long-term strategy in fire safety. Once this stage is complete, an ongoing maintenance programme needs to be put in place in order to ensure the system

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FDS Contracting

FDS are delighted to announce that we are now expanding our operations from London and the South East to the whole of England and Wales. Whilst we will be targeting all of this area, we are anticipating that the Midlands

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FDS Festive Donation: The Giving Tree

This year we decided to donate to The Giving Tree a local initiative that will bring some happiness to children who aren’t so fortunate. The Giving Tree is sited in Bluewater’s upper mall. It provides guests with the chance to

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