Project Description: Fire Prevention Work to Anne of Cleves House
Contract Sum : £15,666.78 + vat
Contract type / period : Minor Works Contract 2016 / approx 12 weeks
Opening Medieval buildings such as Anne of Cleves House to the public present their own problems in terms of fire risk.
Following a report under the Fire Precautions Act 1999 and Fire Safety Order 2005, we were commissioned by Sussex Past to carry out the fire containment and means of escape work recommended in the report. A further report was then drawn up by the Fire Officer for English Heritage, which gave advice as to the appropriate degree of upgrading necessary to comply with the regulations.
A design approach of minimum intervention was drawn up in conjunction with the Conservation Officer to ensure that any new work was carefully considered in terms of it's context and function.
One particular concern was to avoid the use of surface wires (serving the automatic closers) and these were eventually eradicated by using wireless 'Firegard' closers which are operated by sounder alarms.
Two new ledged and braced doors in oak were added, and four existing doors were upgraded, involving the use of clear intumescent coatings to achieve aesthetic and fire resisting requirements.
Other work involved, infill lathe and plastering, the installation of fire rated panels (both solid and glazed), as well as the installation of a new hatch in the roof void, fabricated from oak.