Alument Systems (UK) Limited
Hanover Tower is a 15-story block of residential flats owned by Sheffield City Council. The tower was identified as having been refurbished and clad with aluminium composite material (ACM) and following results of fire safety tests carried out by central government, the council took the decision to remove and replace the ACM panels and insulation. As part of these refurbishment works, new perimeter fire barriers were required to comply with the buildings fire compartmentation design. It was a mandatory requirement that these installation works were to be undertaken by a third-party accredited installer of passive fire protection systems.
Working for the principle contractor Alumet Systems (UK) Limited, Fire Barrier International were engaged to install perimeter fire barriers to stop the spread of fire within the cavities behind the cladding panels and to comply with Approved document B of the building regulations. These works included the installation of 2,400m of Fischer FFB VS ventilated horizontal fire barriers around the perimeter of the building between each floor. A further 400m of Fischer FCFcL non-ventilated fire barriers were installed at the location with the buildings vertical compartment walls.
As a third party certified, Fire Barrier International carried out its own audit process for the systems installed. To provide further support and satisfaction for the client and the residents of Hanover Tower, a third-party inspection was carried out by IFC Certification at an agreed frequency before the new cladding panels were then installed. The inspector provided a written report of his visit which included photographic evidence of the installed works and confirmation of compliance with the installed product data sheets or test evidence.