Chubb Fire has provided a comprehensive fire protection system for Beetham’s West Tower which is set to be the tallest building in Liverpool. The new 40-storey West Tower is the flagship headquarters for The Beetham Organisation, a UK property development and investment company.
The challenge was for the fire protection system to reach every section of the building’s revolving car park and Chubb Fire has installed a wet riser system and two new sprinkler systems to protect both the interior of the building and the basement car park.
Chubb Fire recommended a sprinkler system with jet nozzles that direct water in all directions rather than the traditional ‘fan heads’ which are designed to cover as much surface area as possible. Bruce McGowan from Chubb Fire explained: “Wet risers are essential for fighting fires, providing a vital supply of water when it is needed most. A wet riser is typically found in buildings over 60 metres above ground level and comprises a system of pipes and valves that are kept permanently charged with water. In this particular installation, there is an outlet valve on every floor to which the Fire and Rescue Service can connect in the event of fire. He added: “In addition to the wet riser we have installed two sprinkler systems. One is on level 34 in the Sky Bar and the second, a rather more complicated system, in the basement car park.”
Chubb Fire was awarded the contract for the new fire suppression solution through the mechanical and electrical contractors A&B Engineering with whom it has a long-standing relationship.
A&B Engineering’s Alan Williams said: “After a competitive tender Chubb Fire was selected. Price is always going to be an important factor but most importantly we know and trust Chubb Fire to deliver what we want, and provide the appropriate technology for the task. We have the confidence in the day-to-day running of the contract and that is essential when we’re working on projects like these.”
The Beetham Tower is designed by award winning architects Aedas and is a mixed-use building with office space on the lower floors, and 120 high quality apartments and seven penthouse apartments on the higher levels.
Chubb Fire has worked with A&B Engineering on a number of other high-profile contracts including the original Beetham Tower on Old Hall Street, and the Buddleia, a re-development of a Grade II listed warehouse in Liverpool's historic Riverside dock area. It also teamed with A&B Engineering to protect Liverpool’s most recognisable landmark, the Royal Liver Building.