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UTC Warrington

Project background

UTC Warrington is Warrington’s first dedicated 14-19 academy with specialisms in Energy and Engineering. The £10 million iconic new building, filled with £1m of specialist engineering equipment, aims to create a unique, aspirational, technical and academic curriculum, which prepares students for an exciting career.

Working alongside their sponsors, Manchester Metropolitan University, this UTC has the benefit of their expertise in supporting students into accessing high-quality Higher Education provision, as well as the technical know-how of the academic experts at the School of Engineering.

Centrally located with excellent transport links, UTC Warrington is accessible for students far and wide. Working with employers and university sponsors, UTC Warrington will address the disconnect between education and industry, giving students a competitive edge to secure first class careers in engineering.

Our Role

BB7 were approached during the construction phase and appointed to undertake a pre-occupation fire safety assessment to ensure that the original design provided the necessary facilities to enable the building to comply with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

At the time of the survey the building was near completion but not complete. Several of the areas which an assessment of this type would usually address were either incomplete or wholly absent. A full, post-occupation Fire Risk Assessment was then conducted in September 2016 and the outstanding issues were assessed at the time of that assessment.

A robust emergency plan was produced by the management of the UTC. This was be based on the contents of the Regulation 38 handover package provided by the builders and upon the action plans resulting from BB7’s post-occupation fire risk assessment.

As this UTC was new build, BB7 worked closely with the local fire service on behalf of the client to ensure that there were sufficient fire hydrants near the building.

Benefits of Service

Upon completion, the client was given the peace of mind that they were provided with suitable and sufficient documentation that enabled them to occupy the building with a high degree of assurance that the primary legislative requirements relating to fire had been satisfied.

BB7 ensured that all relevant information relating to water supplies, hazardous substances on site and emergency assembly points had been identified and the client advised on the correct channels to pass information to the enforcing authority.

BB7 provided a range of services from assessment, inspection, audit and liaison with other stakeholders which enabled the client to evolve from a position of non-compliance to compliance within a short time-frame.

BB7 produced a comprehensive suite of documentation and written advice. This advice is ongoing as we have maintained a relationship with UTC management who periodically contact BB7 for ad hoc fire safety advice and assurance.

For more information on the importance of adequate and timely fire safety information please see our article on the mystery of missing fire strategies.

  • BB7 came to UTC and completed a Pre risk assessment, risk assessment, fire strategy, fire plan and improved our fire policy.

    Their expertise and advice was exceptional and their knowledge and experience put us at ease.

    They gave thorough and detailed information and provided lots of ideas for us as a new establishment.

    BB7 were amenable and a pleasure to work with. We would recommend them to others.

    James Backhouse

    UTC Warrington

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