Automist from Plumis was specified as an LABC Registered, cost effective alternative to sprinkler systems for a ground floor flat conversion in London.
A flat in Crouch End, Haringey, London was converted into two separate flats, one of which incorporated a 27m long basement space.
A fire suppression system like Automist that provides full room, active fire suppression, was advised by building control officers, in order to meet fire regulations. Alternatively, a staircase in the light wells would have been required as means of escape in the event of a fire.
Mr S. Perkins, the owner of the property was reluctant to do this as it would have compromised the aesthetic project.
The Automist product uses a high pressure pump to generate a fine water mist from nozzles mounted under a standard tap, on a worktop or unobtrusively mounted on a wall.
It is designed to limit fire growth and minimise exposure to toxic gases and heat, making escape safer in an emergency. He was referred to Fire Fend Installations, a London and South East-based accredited Automist installer who he duly contacted with his architect’s plans.
Karen Cowling, Fire Fend’s General Manager advised Mr Perkins that three fixed heads and two pumps would provide adequate protection, which, was approved by the private Building Control Officer.
Mr Perkins commented: “We were in a position to install quickly and we were able to complete the process and commission the system within a relatively short time. Fire Fend made sure that the various elements were delivered to site when we needed them and we found the process pretty painless.”
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