Encasement

Encasement conceals 4.5km of fire sprinkler pipework in South Tyneside tower blocks

  • 16 Feb 2021

Over 4.5 kilometres of ‘Versa’ fire sprinkler boxing from Encasement has concealed surface mounted fire sprinkler pipework at four South Tyneside Council tower blocks in Hebburn and Jarrow, to help protect more than 280 residents.

Even though an independent fire inspection and level four fire risk assessment declared the high rise residential blocks to be safe, the council chose to continue with the £1.4 million automatic sprinkler installation programme, as part of its commitment to tenant safety and fire protection.

The 18-storey Durham Court block in Hebburn is home to 127 residents and was the first to have sprinklers installed, which was carried out by Compco Fire Systems and South Tyneside Homes Property Services, followed by the 12-storey Ellen Court, Monastery Court and Wilkinson Court in Jarrow.

As sprinklers had be installed in every flat, it was important that the work was undertaken quickly and with the minimum disruption to tenants – so Encasement’s Versa pipe boxing not only had to be speedy and simple and to fit, to speed the installation process, but also provide an attractive finish.

Encasement’s 5mm thick Versa 5 ‘L’-shaped pre-formed plywood sprinkler boxing was used to conceal the majority of the pipework in each tower block, while its pre-finished white melamine surface and soft radius edge provided a consistent and ‘wipe clean’ finish in every flat.

The Versa 5 boxing was supplied in two different sizes and in 3.0 metre lengths for easy cutting to size on-site.

In addition, Encasement manufactured bespoke 8 mm thick ‘L’ shaped Versa 8 and ‘U’ shaped Versa 8D sprinkler boxing to meet the project’s dimensions and specifications, which were supplied in 2.20 metre and 1.30 metre lengths.

Martin Taylor, Encasement’s Managing Director, explained: “Following the Grenfell Tower fire, South Tyneside was one of a several of local authorities that took an early decision to retro-fit fire sprinkler systems in their high rise blocks to provide additional fire safety protection and peace of mind to residents. 

He added: “As the ongoing programme of fire sprinkler retro-fitting is continuing across the country, we have been delighted to have been selected to work with a number of other local authorities and housing associations and supply sprinkler boxing for their projects.”

Contact:

Encasement Ltd
Suite 7, Papyrus Business Parc
Papyrus Road 
Werrington
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire PE4 5BH

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