All ‘Hale’ the climax of three years’ work in London

All ‘Hale’ the climax of three years’ work in London

We recently completed work on an exciting, large scale residential project in London with our clients United House and Willmott Dixon. Hale Village is a large high rise residential development with an underground car park that spans the underneath of the development.

FDS was initially contracted to install smoke extraction systems for two of the development’s blocks, but after showcasing our expertise the team was asked to install systems for four further blocks plus the car park for two separate developers on this project.

Working with multiple clients and their architects resulted in FDS installing three different systems within the same development – illustrating our ability to provide bespoke solutions in line with individual requirements.

After undertaking on site assessments and tests to determine the smoke flow rate likely to be created from a two car fire, in line with British Standards for car parks, our specialists value engineered a smaller venting system for the car park than was originally included in the designs. This led to large reductions in the fan size needed, which in turn reduced the size of associated cables and controls, and even a reduction in the size of the plant room itself.

As a result of this space saving the client managed to create more usable car parking space, minimising costs whilst creating more sellable space.

With work on the site taking place over three years, the car park had to be handed back in stages. This posed a number of challenges, as some areas of the car park completed earliest were situated next to areas still undergoing work. Our experts overcame this with clever programming of the detection systems and by disabling certain parts of the car park, ensuring that the installed system was not affected by ongoing work.

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