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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, whilst also providing suitable access into the building for the fire services. Here, we look at the

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

The ninth part of national standards outlining the guidance for fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings provides the code of practice for designing, installing, commissioning, and maintaining EVC (Emergency Voice Communication) systems. · Anyone responsible for the designing,

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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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Q&A with Mike Starr – Business Development Manager

In a recent Q&A with The FDS Group’s very own business development manager in the North and Midlands, Mike Starr, we discussed some of the major challenges and opportunities which are being faced within the North and Midlands. Take a

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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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Fire Design Solutions are SCA IFC SDI 19 Certified

The path to improving competency and testing for smoke control systems is being set by the latest developments with accreditation and certification schemes. The SCA IFC SDI 19 certification ensures the highest industry standards are upheld. The SDI 19 certification

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The LPS 1014 Certified FDS FireSmart Control Panel

Achieving the LPS 1014 certification enables Fire Design Solutions to offer our clients the opportunity to negate the requirements of having separate fire alarm and fire detection systems and integrate these into a single panel, saving both time and money.

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Fire Design Solutions are BAFE Certified

Following the achievement of the LPS 1014 certification, Fire Design Solutions is now certified under the BAFE SP201 installers scheme for Fire Detection & Alarm Systems. This certification provides an additional level of reassurance and peace of mind when contracting

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The Requirements of LPS 1014

The LPS 1014 certification is an extremely exclusive certification in which only 1% of the UK fire alarm companies have achieved the requirements. Fire Design Solutions is proud to be amongst this small number and is delighted to currently be

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Why does LPS 1014 Matter?

The smoke control industry is undergoing a huge increase in the stringent regulations which firms and products must abide by. This is largely a result of ‘The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety” led by Dame Judith Hackitt

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Women in Construction

The Benefits of LPS 1014 Certification

LPS 1014 is an extremely exclusive certification for the fire safety industry; as such, there are several benefits which are associated and transferred to the certified firm and ultimately the end client. Working with an LPS 1014 credited installer during

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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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Dee Olajide

Welcome – Dee Olajide

What is your background? Digital marketing. What was your previous role? Senior Digital Marketing Consultant What does your new role entail? Supporting the Group Marketing Manager with marketing activities including content writing, events, project work and other related marketing activities.

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