Building and Facilities News is extremely proud to present Fire Design Solutions as its selected Fire Safety Company of the Month.
Experts in the design and installation of fire safety systems, Fire Design Solutions (FDS) provides mechanical and natural smoke ventilation systems, as well fire detection, alarm and sprinkler systems for residential and commercial buildings including car parks. They also offer corridor environmental systems which mitigate excess heat in common areas during day-to-day use.
Fire Design Solutions (FDS) was originally founded in 2002 by fire engineers, Gerard Sheridan and Andy Riley. After designing an innovative 0.5m² smoke shaft earlier that year, both Gerard and Andy set up FDS to provide an installation and contracting company for their new system. FDS now supply, design, install and commission a number of original fire safety systems for some of the country’s largest contractors.
“FDS offers a very broad range of equipment, which enables us to value engineer our systems and offer significant cost savings,” commented Nick Waterfield (pictured), Managing Director of Fire Design Solutions. “We are often tasked with providing a comprehensive fire strategy for developments with limited space, such as in London and other large cities, which has enabled us to produce systems that save valuable, saleable space while meeting all of the relevant Building Regulations for optimum safety.
“We are also one of the very few companies that offer both consultancy and installation arms. While FDS designs and installs our systems, our sister company FDS Consult, a leading expert in fire engineering design, provides a full fire design strategy tailored to each project. By linking both companies, we are able to offer a full service from the design stage through installation and commissioning to service and maintenance.”
Soon to be introduced to the superior range is the environmental chiller system. For multi-occupancy residential buildings where overheating in common areas can often be a problem, the environmental chiller will be a cost saving method for controlling high temperatures by utilising the equipment already installed from the smoke ventilation systems.
FDS also offers ‘open protocol’ equipment, which means that the end client can choose anyone to service and maintain their systems once they are installed.
The company has recently celebrated its 1,000th project since it was established in 2002. Over the previous 14 years, FDS has worked on some of the country’s largest residential and commercial projects, including The Place in London Bridge Quarter, where News UK now hold their headquarters, and the 800 apartment Riverlight development in central London.
When asked to discuss the company’s plans for the future, Nick concluded, “Our main offices are based in Kent and we have a second office in London. This allows us to be closer to our core customers in the city, and also provides us with excellent transportation links. As part of our ongoing expansion efforts, we will also be opening a third office in the Midlands to expand our project portfolio in the North and the Midlands.
“Our main plan is to continue growth within our key market sectors. We’re also working to expand our range of products to maximise fire safety for occupants, while saving costs for clients.”