The new children’s hospital building is a major project that has taken six years to design and construct. It is a seven-storey glass-fronted building, featuring a four-storey conservatory and dramatic views of Lambeth Palace and Archbishop’s Park. Inpatients will be on the upper levels of the building so children staying in hospital enjoy the best views. They will also overlook the conservatory, the social heart of the building, housing a gallery and performance space, a café and the hospital school.
The contract comprises the supply and maintenance of fire extinguishers and related fire-fighting products (such as fire blankets) as well as ancillary equipment such as fire point signage, emergency lighting signs etc across all of the Trust’s buildings. It plays a key part in Chubb Fire’s overall philosophy for a successful fire safety strategy, namely: prevention, detection, containment and escape.
Chubb Fire completed a survey of the whole Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust site in 2004, producing a list of assets as Wayne Koral, Operations Manager at Chubb Fire explains: “This was a major undertaking but essential in delivering best advice. By producing an asset list, we could clearly see what they had and match this against what they needed – and indeed what they didn’t need.
“The audit was completed in close consultation with Graham Richards, the Estates Manager, and his team of Fire Marshalls and EH&S specialists to ensure total compliance throughout the site and in the new Evelina Children’s Hospital.”
The types of extinguishers provided are primarily six litre foam extinguishers (suitable for both Class A and Class B fires) as standard, with nine litre water. There are some 2Kg and 5Kg CO2 product (Class B and electrics eg Computers), and 6Kg dry powder extinguishers in specific areas, such as the boiler room. In total some 2,000 extinguishers have been provided and will be serviced and maintained by Chubb Fire on an ongoing basis.
Graham Richard, Estates Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust adds: “We have worked closely with Chubb Fire over a number of years and continue to do so. We take the risk of fire extremely seriously, especially in the environment in which we operate. It is imperative therefore that we have the right tools at our disposal – properly maintained and looked after – should they be required.”