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“Safer High Rise Living… the Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project” is a major report, published by BAFSA in 2012, which demonstrated that it is cost effective and practical to retrofit automatic fire sprinklers in existing high-rise tower blocks in particular in those constructed between 1950 & 1970.
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It describes how a pilot project, sponsored by the sprinkler industry and overseen by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association resulted in the successful installation of sprinklers in a 13 storey, 1960s tower block in Sheffield – Callow Mount.
It has long been the view of many fire safety professionals that automatic fire suppression systems could be used to supplement existing fire safety provision in high rise buildings and compensate in locations where this might not be adequate.
A primary objective of the project was to determine the practicality of installing a complete system without the need to decant residents.
Taking less than four weeks in total to complete the work, the approach adopted demonstrated once and for all how significant improvements in life and building safety can be achieved with minimal disruption by retrofitting an automatic fire suppression system.
The report reviews:
This 2012 report clearly demonstrated that:
The final cost of the project in 2012 produced an average cost per flat of just under £1,150 (£1,148.63) which included the provision of sprinklers in utility rooms, common areas, bin stores and an office.
In consequence of the success of the Sheffield pilot project findings, BAFSA and the Sprinkler Coordination Group recommended that the option of retrofitting automatic fire suppression systems should be properly considered by the relevant stakeholders when considering or planning:
It is also very clear that automatic fire suppression systems:
These findings permit national government, local housing authorities and private sector housing associations to give informed consideration to the wider use of automatic fire suppression systems as part of a comprehensive fire safety strategy for existing, unprotected high-rise blocks across the UK.
Since 2012 BAFSA in collaboration with the UK Fire & Rescue Services have invited Local Authorities, Central Government and Housing Associations to more than 20 free to attend seminars on the subject.