Glazing system ensures fire safety for 1960s tower block

  • 18 May 2015

The 10-storey high-rise block has been transformed, with Wrightstyle completing a glazed tower to provide enhanced staircase access and, most importantly, a protected escape route.

Before Wrightstyle installed the new glazing system.

Fire Safety

The Waltham Forest completion comes weeks after the London Fire Brigade (LFB) revealed figures stating that there had been 684 fires in high rise flats in 2014. LFG has since launched a Know the Plan campaign to better ensure people know what to do in the event of fire.

Although fatal fires in high-rise buildings are rare, nine people died at Lakanal Housem Camberwell in 2009. A contributory cause was a lack of fire resistance around door, meaning that the fire wasn’t adequately contained.

Emphasising how most fires are started from an insignificant cause, the Lakanal House fire began by an electrical fault in a TV in a ninth-floor flat.

After the refurbishment was complete.

Improved glazing

Wrightstyle supplied, fabricated and installed its glazing units to the Leyton Green tower.

The new external glazed staircase, featuring internal screens and fire doors, has been certified to provide 60 minutes of both fire resistance and prevent the passage of heat and harmful gases.

The staircase’s design is intended to give residents a safe escape route in the event of fire, in addition to providing fire fighters with secure and easy access.

John Woodcock, Wrightstyle’s contracts manager, commented: “The Leyton Green tower block was built when fire regulations were less stringent and modern glazing systems weren’t available.”

“The refurbished development now incorporates the very latest in advanced glass fire protection and also greatly improves the building’s appearance.”

Wrightstyle,
Unit 2&7 Banda Trading Estate,
Nursteed Road,
Devizes,
United Kingdom,
SN10 3DY

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