Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd Get Environmentally Friendly

When a large Government headquarters, located in Bristol, required an urgent remediation of its ductwork systems, here at Ventilation Surveys and Services Ltd we were only too happy to provide the essential, on-site help needed.

Eight fire crews were called to the premises after a fire broke out within the walls of the building and smoke was observed coming from the roof of the five-storey office.  A fire was located in a courtyard area in the centre of the building, which had started in a waterproof membrane within the walls of the building, causing smoke to quickly rise up inside, affecting all five floors.

Fortunately, no-one was injured during the incident, and our Chief Executive Officer, Nick Umfreville, was able to get to work quickly, with a site visit arranged the following day.  The necessary next steps were all sanctioned that same afternoon by the client, by which time a multi-disciplined team had been assembled from all across the UK. This team converged on Bristol at 7.30am the following day, and two 12-hour shifts were worked under direct supervision of the Director all weekend.

The £10 million Government office block is one of Britain’s greenest buildings, and thanks to VSS, the building was fit for occupation the following Monday, with recommendations to regularly inspect all aspects of the building’s Fire Protocols, including fire-damper inspections, ventilation compliance, alarm dry runs, sensor stress testing and internal detector-challenging.

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Posted on July 16, 2013 .