Leading fire risk assessment and fire safety consultancy MAF Associates has unveiled its new flagship headquarters in Leicestershire as it continues to expand to meet burgeoning demand for its services related to fire safety, prevention and evacuation.
The move to the prestigious Midland Court office park in the village of Lutterworth will allow MAF Associates to deliver a full office-based support and administration service to its remote teams around the UK, who are working hard to help residential building owners and managers meet the standards and requirements laid out in the Fire Safety Act 2021 (FSA).
‘We thought that the last two years had been busy, but since the beginning of 2021, demand for our services has grown exponentially, driven by the urgent need to ensure compliance with the FSA,’ said Mike Fox, founder and managing director of MAF Associates. ‘The launch of Act One, our integrated service to cover all aspects of the FSA, has driven further growth in the business, so we need room to accommodate the team and allow for future expansion.’
As one of only a handful of UK firms able to offer the full range of services necessary to ensure full compliance with the FSA, MAF Associates has been well placed to meet the growing demand for new-style internal and external fire risk assessments, growing from a one-man band to a team of almost 20 in a little over two years. The company employs facade engineers, surveyors and inspectors, as well as chartered fire engineers and fire safety consultants.
Mike added: ‘The fire industry, by its nature, is highly bureaucratic, so the work on site is really only half the story. That’s why we place just as much emphasis on the skills and professionalism of our office-based teams as we do on our remote operatives. This means having an office environment that is conducive to good morale and team working.’
With room to spare, the new head office will allow MAF Associates to continue its expansion as demand for fire safety consultancy and fire risk assessment services continues to grow. Even conservative estimates suggest that it will take a decade or more to rectify all of the issues identified following the Grenfell fire, and there is a major shortage of suitably qualified personnel in the UK, which is why MAF is also committed to expanding its training and graduate development programmes over the next decade.
MAF Associates was founded in 2010 by Mike, building on three decades of experience in the construction sector, including posts with roofing, cladding and building products companies. Since 2015, he has built MAF Associates into one of the UK’s leading fire inspection and investigation consultancies, providing detailed reporting and analysis for insurers, building managers and construction companies.
To find out more about MAF Associates and Act One, visit www.mafassociates.co.uk or call the team on 0116 497 9326.