Historic interest | London

Kew Gardens


A UNESCO World Heritage site the collections at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) number 50,000 living plants. Members of staff work in over 100 countries to help tackle some of the world’s biggest issues. At Wakehurst the millennium Seed Bank stores the wild relatives of the world’s most important food crops to safeguard future food security. Kew’s specialists in commercial Phytochemistry, regulation of international trade in plants and medicinal plant names provide expertise to companies, professionals or researchers. In addition, visitors from all over the world are welcomed to the sites at Kew and Wakehurst.

In order to house and facilitate this unique activity specialist buildings have been constructed; from the Victorian Herbarium where dried specimens are housed for research purposes to the ultra-modern Millennium seed bank (MSB) at Wakehurst.

Our Role

To assist RBG (Kew) in building a structured and cohesive fire risk management system (FRMS) to address the varying fire safety challenges not just for life safety but for the protection of irreplaceable specimens of global importance.

To achieve this BB7 applied the guidance contained in BS 9997 2019, which uses the “plan, do, check, act” (PDCA) model to implementing, maintaining and improving a FRM system.

The implementation of the standard would not only ensure legal compliance with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety order 2005 (FSO) but also demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement of its fire risk management provision.

Benefits of Service

The scope of the FRM system at RBG, Kew is designed using BS9997:2019 to ensure the following:

  • The life safety of employees, visitors, contractors and residents of buildings under the control of RBG, Kew.
  • The preservation of the specimens, data and research facilities.
  • The preservation of the buildings and systems and assets under the control of RBG, Kew.
  • Minimise the threat to the environment.