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December 18, 2017

The interim report  from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, was published today. Led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the report summary already has come to some key conclusions.

These include:

1. Current regulations and guidance are too complex and unclear. This can lead to confusion and misinterpretation in their application to high-...

December 17, 2017

Firecubed are proud to announce their appointment as authorising engineers for fire at a key London NHS Trust. The remit includes all the auditing and reporting of the fire compliance matters against HTM codes to the Board of Directors. Also included is a complete review of fire strategy, assistance with compartmentation review and specialist engineering...

September 19, 2017

From time to time, my colleagues and I receive example fire strategies from third parties who are concerned about the quality of the documents that they have been provided with. We of course keep the specific details confidential but we can confirm evidence that problems are at hand, just as there were, and are, with fire risk assessments.

I've recently as...

July 2, 2017

News just in of yet another London fire. This time it appears to be affecting the fourth floor and attic roof at Bow Wharf, a gentrified part of the old East End.  The cause of the fire is, at this moment, unknown  but the picture here shows solar panels on fire , where homes are on sale for more than £1million. It is believed that nobody is hurt.

No...

June 17, 2017

The sickening pictures and accounts from the Grenfell Tower tragedy have rightly led to outrage. What went wrong? Were budget cuts part of the cause? ... and so on. So while we find out the facts, we need to address "the elephant in the room".

When I first joined the fire industry in the 1980s, my boss at the time, Peter Frost (now sadly passed away) remin...

June 14, 2017

Details are emerging of a tragic fire affecting a high rise residential tower block near the Westfield Shopping Centre in central London. It is known that there are many fatalities and injuries, with some jumping from the higher floors. Although the cause and method of fire spread is not confirmed as yet, it appears that recently installed cladding, and/o...

May 25, 2017

Following on from my article 2 weeks back on the dangers of "cheap and cheerful" fire strategies, I thought I would detail what I believe are the key ingredients of a proper fire strategy. But first, I want to make it clear that a fire strategy is not the same as a fire risk assessment. 

A fire risk assessment is somewhat based upon a relative subject...

May 11, 2017

Those who know me , also know that I am a bit of a geek when it comes to the subject of fire strategies. From the time I wrote the first fire strategy standard for London Underground back in the 1990s to today, I remain passionate in the development of quality fire strategy standards.

One of my roles is to assist other organizations. This often...

April 1, 2017

A Spanish Company is reported as inventing construction materials that will prevent any fire from starting within a building using them. Ximplet SSA of Sitges, Barcelona, will announce the product today.

The idea is simple - the building linings will absorb a level of oxygen that will prevent fire growth, once triggered by the chemical signature of an ear...

March 5, 2017

Paul Bryant has been invited to speak about the concept of Holistic Fire Engineering at the Global Tunnel Safety & Fire Protection -2017 to be held in Amsterdam on the 14th and 15th March. He will explain how his newly devised concept will drastically improve the formulation and approval of road and rail tunnel fire strategies.

Check out the conference -

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