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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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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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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 require 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 specifications. What […]

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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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Smoke Ventilation System Maintenance – FDS at Your Service

As many building owners know, the maintenance of any element of their property is vital to maximise the comfort – and even the safety – of a property’s occupants, while also preventing the need for expensive repair works to be

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Houses of Multiple Occupation

HMO Licensing Rules

In October, new licensing rules for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) came into force. This extends the definition of a HMO and introduces new standards for minimum bedroom sizes and waste disposal. Following the success of the HMO rules introduced

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CQMS Accreditation

CQMS Safety-Scheme accreditation

This certifies that as a business we comply with the Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP) Core Criteria for health and safety. This demonstrates compliance in a range of areas including our health and safety policies, safe working practices, employee training,

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CFD Modelling for Smarter Fire Design

Understanding how fire safety systems will perform in practice is key to designing an effective solution. Techniques such as CFD Modelling (Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling) allow detailed analysis of the building and more accurate planning of systems. Computational Fluid Dynamics

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Construction Industry skills shortage is still an Issue

The Construction Industry Training Board’s Construction Skills Network Forecast predicts that employment within the construction sector will grow year on year until at least 2022. The projections suggest that we could see significant employment increases in the North West, South

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New Estimator at FDS

New Estimator at FDS Contracting

Lee Porritt, currently an Estimator at Be Safe Direct, will be making the move to FDS Contracting this August, fulfilling the same role. Lee Porritt joins FDS Contracting with a wealth of experience in customer services, knowledge of the systems

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Bijan Fard - Group Marketing Manager

FDS Contracting appoints new Group Marketing Manager

Fire Engineering specialist, FDS Contracting (FDS) has appointed Bijan Fard as Group Marketing Manager. Bijan will oversee all marketing activity across the group’s three brands, FDS Contracting, FDS Consult and Be Safe Direct. Bijan brings with him a wealth of

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FDS Contracting appoints new national sales manager

Specialist fire engineering and smoke ventilation contractor FDS Contracting (FDS) has welcomed John Harris to the role of Sales Manager, as part of the company’s long term growth strategy. John’s career has spanned over 30 years within the fire protection

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FDS Contracting is shortlisted for the Construction News Specialist Awards 2018

FDS Contracting has been selected by the judges as a finalist in the Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover up to £25m) category of the Construction News Specialist Awards 2018, the only national awards that recognises the best specialist contractors

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