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The FDS Contracting News offer updates on recent legislation, look at the benefits or routine preventative maintenance and hopefully provides some value for building managers looking to maximise safety within their premises.

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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

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 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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The Giving Tree

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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Paul Hunt

Welcome – Paul Hunt

What is your background? Originally from the window and façade industry, I spent 14 years working for a UK leading façade ironmongery manufacturer supplying to distributors, systems companies and manufacturers within Italy across to Eastern Europe, north to Russia and

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Mike Starr

Welcome – Mike Starr

What is your background? I have a Bachelor’s degree from Lancaster University, and since graduating have worked in sales roles for almost 14 years now. I’ve been involved in the fire safety industry for more than 8 years in total,

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Mental health awareness

Mental Health Awareness

This was the bold message conveyed to FDS Group employees by David Keen of Kentec Training Limited at a recent First Aid for Mental Health presentation. Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave, with anxiety and depression

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controlling smoke for a clearer future

Controlling Smoke for a Clearer Future

Over the last two years since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire, all of us in the construction industry will have seen, experienced and felt the first steps of change in the approach to the design, construction and management […]

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Future Building Regulations

PBC Today article – SCA Chairman discusses Future Building Regulations

Chairman of the Smoke Control Association (SCA), David Mowatt, has written an article, ‘Future Building Regulations: Competence, compliance and a commitment to change’, published in PBC Today. Mowatt mentions the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety which he

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professional indemnity insurance

Benefits of Professional Indemnity Insurance

What is professional indemnity insurance? Professional indemnity insurance, or PI, is for companies or individuals that provide services based primarily on personal knowledge or skill set. Consultants, engineers and architects will typically hold this type of insurance. Depending on the […]

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Golden Thread

You have probably heard the term ‘golden thread’ before. It is the idea that a feature is present in all parts of something, holding it together and giving it value. From a fire safety perspective, the golden thread refers to

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Top 5 Benefits of Fire Engineering Consultancy

With new buildings under pressure to prioritise fire safety and with so many potential benefits to the overall scheme, fire engineering consultancy is a no-brainer. With so many elements of a build to consider, fire engineering consultants can work with […]

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Plan of Work for Fire Safety

At FDS Contracting, we consider ourselves a pro-active solutions provider that is committed to providing safety through concise fire safety design and implementation. It’s this drive that has led us to adopt recommendations from the revised RIBA Plan of Work

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The Importance of Fire Safety System Maintenance

Bijan Fard discusses why, in addition to the correct specification, installation and commissioning, the servicing and planned preventative maintenance of a smoke ventilation system is vital to its effectiveness, longevity and compliance. Fire safety measures, including smoke control and ventilation

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early engagement with fire safety consultants

Added Value From Early Engagement

When looking to incorporate fire safety into any project, be it new build or refurbishment, commercial or residential, its primary aim is to ensure the safety of the building’s occupants. By engaging with consultants early in the process, this can

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The Benefits of Fire Engineering

Modern buildings need to prioritise safety all while exploring modern construction techniques and delivering the architect’s aesthetic vision. Conventional approaches to fire engineering and smoke ventilation sometimes requires modifications that conflict with the architect’s original design or specification. As the

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car park

Car Park Ventilation Compliance

Car park ventilation needs to provide both day-to-day air quality ventilation as well as deliver emergency smoke clearance in the event of a fire. In this article, Bijan Fard from FDS Contracting looks at the factors that must be considered

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Balancing Fire Safety and Aesthetics

Balancing the fire safety requirements while remaining true to the architect’s intention requires a carefully considered approach. Bijan Fard at FDS Contracting discusses the role of fire engineering in providing the required level of design flexibility to achieve this while

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Fire Safety Regulations and Compliance

With recent changes and updates to the fire safety regulations, Bijan Fard at FDS outlines the current landscape and how specifiers can ensure compliance. In the past year, there has been increased attention on the fire safety of buildings, both

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Residential Spotlight: A guide to smoke control options

When it comes to specifying, installing and maintaining fire systems, it is important to remember the purpose and importance of smoke control. This mini guide looks at the options and professional support available when it comes to smoke control specification. […]

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The Benefits of Fire Engineering Consultancy

When considering the fire safety and smoke control measures for a building, engaging with expert fire engineering consultants has a number of advantages for the project, including the ability to overcome challenges with the building’s design, whilst remaining true to

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Download the new FDS Brochure

The new brochure is a comprehensive guide to our services, showcasing our expertise in all things Smoke Ventilation. It’s with great pleasure we introduce our new FDS Contracting brochure. This brochure is the amalgamation of our expertise within the smoke […]

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FDS Brexit Statement

Fire Design Solution’s Brexit Statement

With the decision to leave the European Union and with the 29th of March fast approaching there is an air of uncertainty within much of the UK construction industry. At FDS, we are firm believers that we must embrace the

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