Children’s business reopens in new unsprinklered warehouse after fire destroyed original premises

A successful children’s clothing brand is hoping to rise from the ashes in new rebuilt premises after a fire devastated the original unsprinklered facility earlier this year. It is a great story of overcoming adversity, but there are key lessons…

Fire resilience: a crucial element of sustainability

By Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance There is no question that climate action will remain critical over the next decade, which is why a change in the approach to the built environment will go some way to…

When a building burns down what is the cost to the environment?

by Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance In recent months, there have been a number of newsworthy industrial and commercial fires where we have seen a long distant shot of a large smoke plume palling over a local…

Recycling plant in wales destroyed following massive fire

A multi-agency response was required for a huge fire that consumed about 600 tonnes of plastic and destroyed an unsprinklered recycling plant in Blaenavon, South Wales. It was one of a series of recycling-centre fires across the UK in late…

Another school fire and more disruption to children’s education

By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Less than two weeks into the new school term and a primary school in Wiltshire has suffered a major fire. Following 18 months of pandemic disruption, students at the school near…

BSA announces support for CABE 2021

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) is delighted to announce its sponsorship and support for the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2021, which is taking place both in-person and virtually from 14-15 October. Attracting a high…

The UK government is sharing misleading figures on fires in schools

A recent blog written by the Department for Education (DfE) highlighted some key points about fire safety in schools. While the article stressed the importance of ensuring all students and staff are safe at school, the author made some interesting…

New planning requirements for high-rise buildings creates fire safety uncertainty for other building types

New planning requirements on fire safety for high-rise residential buildings came into force on 1 August and require developers to consider fire safety at the earliest stages of planning. While we understand this is a starting point on the road…

Fire disrupts education at Lancashire primary school

With the pandemic continuing to cause disruption for children, families and schools, a major fire at an unsprinklered Lancashire school has led to its closure and further disruption to students’ education in the run up to the summer holidays.  The…

The rise of the warehouse and the issue of fire safety

Recent articles have noted the dash for warehouses that service our thriving e-commerce sector. Demand is strong for large, tall and clear spaces to meet our insatiable appetite for online shopping. But when you consider that the average cost of…

Why active fire protection must play a role in sustainability

In a post-Covid world, governments are being urged by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to implement deep building renovation and performance standards for newly constructed buildings into pandemic recovery packages. While reducing energy demand and carbon emissions through the use…

BSA announces support for FIREX International Connect 2021

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) is delighted to announce its sponsorship, participation and support for FIREX International Connect 2021, Europe’s leading fire-safety event, which is taking place virtually from 1 to 30 June 2021. Attracting a high calibre of speakers…

Why do schools lack fire protection such as sprinklers?

The upheaval in education due to the pandemic in the past year has only highlighted how damaging the closure of schools has been and the legacy of lost learning. Further unnecessary interruption to education should be avoided, not least when…

Two unsprinklered factory fires, same outcome: two destroyed buildings

Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance takes up the story: In early April, when industrial fires broke out in two different locations, they both had the same devastating outcome. On 10 April, a fire started in a furniture…

Another huge fire at a self-storage warehouse: why are these buildings unprotected?

A fire that destroyed hundreds of rented units at a three-storey self-storage warehouse in Manchester has once again brought into sharp focus the wider impact of fire and the vulnerability of unsprinklered buildings. About 125 firefighters and 25 fire engines…

Sprinklers: the buffers needed to make buildings resilient

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance discusses: A recent Financial Times article, written by the Governor of Denmark’s National Bank Lars Rohde, highlighted the fact that a bank’s capital buffer should work much like a sprinkler system. In…

Upwards extensions permitted but what are the implications?

The new permitted development right (PDR) allowing additional storeys on homes and residential buildings may well be one panacea to the housing shortage and make it easier to extend existing homes and buildings, but what does this mean in terms…

Seven out of ten UK businesses believe out-of-date UK building regulations protect against fire

Regulations urgently need an update as businesses up and down the country do not realise they are not fit for purpose. UK businesses are greatly underestimating the potential risk of fire as they believe they are protected by current UK building…

The ABI call to make sprinklers compulsory in warehouses in the UK

Commenting on the call by the ABI to make sprinklers compulsory in warehouses in the UK, Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance said: “We welcome the comments by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to update the regulations…

Business Sprinkler Alliance – Fire continues to be one of the biggest risks facing UK businesses today

Fire continues to be one of biggest risks facing UK businesses today. Research published earlier this year, found that fire and explosion accounted for six out of 10 of business interruptions claims globally, with an average loss of £1.7 million…

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