What is the true cost when a business is forced to close due to fire?

By Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance At a time of rising production costs, high energy bills and dwindling cash reserves, many businesses are facing an uphill battle when it comes to staying afloat in such challenging economic…

Fire destroys North Wales warehouse

By Iain Cox, Chair of Business Sprinkler Alliance Firefighters were called to a huge fire at a large manufacturing facility near Mold in Flintshire. The devastating blaze tore through the XPS foam factory at an industrial estate close to the…

Sprinkler activation saves leisure facility
By Iain Cox, Chair of Business Sprinkler Alliance A multi-occupancy entertainment complex in West Yorkshire was protected by an automatic sprinkler system which suppressed a fire, preventing any further damage and allowing the business to be operational a few days…
The rise of the Gigafactory: protecting the buildings of tomorrow
By Iain Cox, Chair of Business Sprinkler Alliance First coined by Elon Musk to describe his first electric car battery production plant, the term ‘gigafactory’ has become generic for any large-scale facility that produces lithium batteries for cars on massive…
BSA makes a stand for sustainability at CABE 2022
The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) is delighted to announce its attendance at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022, where it will be supporting sustainability. Attracting expert panels interacting with a wide range of construction…
Manufacturer gets green light for rebuild following destructive fire – or does it?
By Iain Cox, Chair of Business Sprinkler Alliance An unsprinklered manufacturing facility in Kidderminster destroyed by a major fire in 2021 will now be rebuilt, or so the newspapers report. One could think that this is a positive sign of…
Sprinklers help stop fire spread at food distribution warehouse
By Iain Cox, Chair of Business Sprinkler Alliance When an external fire broke out in the early hours at a food distribution warehouse in Milton Keynes an automatic sprinkler system activated and helped to stop it spreading into the building,…
Fire at Suffolk industrial estate impacts businesses
A fire that broke out in an industrial unit in Suffolk in late June spread to other businesses on the estate, causing severe damage, loss of earnings and ongoing disruption. The buildings were either completely or partially destroyed, with none…
Fire and the haunting impact of past decisions
By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Recent years have highlighted the impact of design decisions on fire safety during the construction of buildings and the ensuing need for remediation. It brings home the implications of design decisions…
Make do and mend: building a case for resilience and against demolition
By Tom Roche, Secretary of the Business Sprinkler Alliance With the built environment accounting for 38% of total energy-related global CO2 emissions, the decarbonisation of construction must be accelerated if we are to achieve our sustainability goals. It’s an interesting…
Lutterworth warehouse saved by sprinklers
By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance A fire at a warehouse in Leicestershire was suppressed by an automatic sprinkler system, helping the fire service to extinguish the fire, preventing any further damage and allowing the business to…
What is the value of a well-protected property?
By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance The past 25 years have seen the construction of a huge number of new buildings. Yet, questions remain regarding fire-safety features and strategies within many of these properties. One has to…
BSA’s fire buyer live presentation now available
The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) presentation at Fire Buyer Live 2022, Building Regulations – A Primer is now available online and offers direction to Building Regulations and the role of enforcement, technical guidance and the limitations. Attracting a high calibre…
Manchester self-storage warehouse fire impacts hundreds of customers
By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service was called to a large fire, which broke out at a self-storage warehouse in Cheadle. Destroying hundreds of rented units, the blaze once again…
Fire completely destroys Ossett warehouse
By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Firefighters were called to what was reported as ‘a huge fire’ at a warehouse near Wakefield in Yorkshire. The devastating blaze tore through a car workshop and a concrete factory on…
Can we really assume the outcome in the event of a fire?
By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance Fire is indiscriminate and can affect all buildings regardless of function or size, some with devastating impacts. With on average 490 fires per month in England that damage industrial and commercial…
Carlisle recycling plant destroyed by blaze
By Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance A household waste recycling centre in Carlisle was destroyed by fire in early November causing major disruption and unnecessary damage to the environment. It was one of a series of industrial…
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…

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