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Fire Strategy

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Fire Strategy

A Fire Strategy is one of the earliest parts of the conception of a building, being created around the same time as the architects begin to draw out their plans.

A Fire Strategy should strive to be as detailed as possible, and pinpoint multiple aspects of a building that should be addressed in order to ensure a high level of fire safety. It should look at where there are potential risks of a fire starting, how it could spread throughout a building based on the structure and materials specified in the construction plans and designs, and what measures should then be put in place in order to reduce the risk of a fire starting, spreading, and causing damage and loss of life. It should look into both the internal risk of fire spreading, such as compartmentation, ventilation and passive fire protection methods, and external risk, with possible issues arising surrounding cladding and alike.

Our team of experts work hard to ensure that all Fire Strategies carried out by GTS are to the highest standard and are as meticulous as possible, outlining every detail
On-Site Fire Scrutineer

Fire Strategies GTS can provide

  • Fire strategy production and review for any client in line with the RIBA stages.
  • Support at a qualitative design review
  • Fire Safety Management Plans to BS9997
  • Cladding investigations for residential high rise building in preparation for a EWS1 form to be issued and signed by a charted RIBA member
  • Fire Engineered design and review for solutions that do not fall in line with ADB (BS9999 and BS9991)
  • EWS1 surveys and Fire Risk assessments for residential and non-residential building
  • Fire Strategy Drawings and Compartmentation Drawings
  • Provide advice to clients for pre consultation meetings with building control or other local authorities to meet the designer’s vision
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown

Senior Fire Engineer

Bruce Patterson
Bruce Patterson
Senior Fire Engineer

Holding a Masters in Fire Safety Engineering and having handled a large and impressive portfolio over his career, Andy brings a great deal of expertise with specialisms in Fire Engineering, CFD Modelling and Fire Strategies. Andy’s ability to understand complex issues and support clients’ decision making, places Global at the forefront of fire consultancy. 

Bruce worked for Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service for almost 20 years. Progressing from Fire Fighter, to Fire Engineer, he headed up the commercial arm of the Fire Service in Newcastle


What is a Fire Strategy?

Developed with the safety and compliancy of a building in mind, an expert will draw up a Fire Strategy in order to identify all potential risks, problems, and solutions within a property. It is an essential part of the preparation process for a business looking to build their premises and should be a thorough and exhaustive report.

What does a Fire Strategy identify?

It should identify procedures in the event of a fire, detailing planned escape routes and evacuation plans, any fire exits, facilities and access for emergency services, and assembly points. It should also highlight the methods of warning to all individuals in the building, such as fire alarms, and should outline fire detection equipment and fire suppression equipment that should be present in the building.

This can be anything from smoke alarms to fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and passive fire protection measures, which should be put in place in order to create a thorough fire safety system. Emergency lighting and fire signage should be discussed in the report, as well as the Fire Ratings of all fire doors, fire walls, ceilings, and floors.

Do I need a Fire Strategy?
The requirement for a fire strategy is not only applicable to new builds; they can also be produced for existing buildings. These are often known as ‘retrospective fire strategies’.
What’s included in a Fire Strategy?

It is not a fire safety plan, or an evacuation plan/procedure. It is required to demonstrate compliance with Building Regulations, covering:

  • Means of fire detection;
  • Warning and escape;
  • Internal fire spread (linings and structure);
  • External fire spread; and
  • Accessibility and facilities provided for the fire service.

Fire safety is our whole business

The team is assembled of individuals from diverse backgrounds including fire safety, building engineering, façade engineering firefighting, military, and infrastructure design and build.

Our expert team can provide a breadth of fire engineering knowledge to any project, spanning the built environment and housing sectors.

Offering bespoke fire engineered solutions that cover all aspects of fire safety, ranging from non-standard construction details to buildings that step away from traditional guidance.