London-based property developer, Truffles, has been working on the refurbishment of a Victorian terraced house, which is located in Hammersmith.
As the project’s architect and a historic building consultant, Peter Powlesland was aware of the fact that Hammersmith Building Control would require a protected fire escape route.
However, his clients wanted an open-plan lower floor, with no separation between the kitchen, lounge and staircase. To achieve this, the plans for a protective route would have to be abandoned.
Although Building Control was initially adamant against the idea, the building control officer eventually suggested Plumis Automist as a possible solution.
Plumis’ Automist sprinkler system utilises a high pressure pump to create a fine water mist from an assortment of nozzles. These nozzles can be mounted under a monobloc mixing tap, on a worktop or on a wall.
They work to suppress fire, providing sufficient protection to satisfy building control requirements.
The system is linked to a domestic water supply, meaning that no tank is required, and much less water is wasted than with traditional sprinkler systems.
In addition to this, minimal pipework is needed and the spray-heads are discreet; the system can be fitted without encroaching on the interior design of a building.
The system – consisting of two pumps, associated hoses and spray-heads – was installed in the property’s under-stair cupboard by Elite Fire Safety. The total installation took one day.
Unit 1E, Clapham North Arts Centre,
26-32 Voltaire Rd,
Phone: +44 (0)20 7871 3899
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