A major fire at Lakanal House took place on 3rd July 2009 and resulted in 6 people being killed and another 17 people being admitted to hospital. It was identified that there were major breaches in the compartmentation of the building due to previous maintenance work.  It was also identified that a number of fire doors did not fulfil their function due to lack of proper smoke seals and intumescent strips.

It was made clear in the following coroner’s inquest that there was a distinct lack of competence from risk assessors who carry out fire risk assessment in blocks of flats.

In response to this we have created a four day course which will give guidance on adequate fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats, regardless of age. We will discuss common issues found in blocks of flats, with suggested fire safety solutions.

Attendance at this course will enable you to understand the legislative requirements relating to blocks of flats and to apply them in a consistent and reasonable manner. The course is also aimed at those who carry out fire risk assessments or who are tasked with reviewing fire risk assessments in these types of premises to check if they are suitable and sufficient..

The course will look at the factors that the responsible person should consider when appointing a fire risk assessor. It will also look at the questions that should be asked when selecting contractors to ensure competence and demonstrate “due diligence”.

Day One


Day one covers the following topics;


Fire development

–          Fire spread

–          Where may it originate

–          Fire in enclosed spaces

–           Smoke spread

–          Tenability


Lessons to be learned

–          Lakanal House

–          The inquest

–          Recommendations to the council

–          Case studies

–          Recommendations from coroner

–          The aftermath

–          Marine Tower Lewisham

–          Shirley Towers


Do flats pose a serious risk?

–          High density of occupants and fire loading

–          How do they differ from other premises?


History of blocks of flats

–          Pre 20th Century flats

–          CP3 chapter 1V

–          Blocks of flats today


Day Two


Day two covers the following topics;



–          RRFSO

–          The Housing Act

–          Overlap of legislation



Fire prevention

–          Preventing fires in blocks of flats

–          Zero tolerance

–          Scooters in flats

–          Competence of fire risk assessors – how do you check?

–          Responsible persons responsibilities


Means of escape

–          Inside the flat

–          Staircases

–          Roof escape

–          Benchmark for existing buildings that do not comply


Fire protection

–          Role of building regulations – where does it apply?

–          Material alteration

–          Adequate fire protection

–          Passive fire protection

–          Fire resisting ceilings



Day Three


Day three covers the following topics;



–          Fire properties of common materials

–          Protecting the structure of the building

–          Smoke control in flats

–          Internal fire spread – linings


Fire doors

–          Spotting a fire door

–          Intumescent strips

–          Self-closing devices

–          Upgrading fire doors


External fire spread

–          Fire spread to outside of buildings up facade


Active systems

–          Sprinklers and mist systems

–          Fire alarm systems

–          Emergency lighting

–          Access and facilities for the Fire Service



Resident safety

–          Advice for residents


Day four

Day four covers the following topics;


Fire Risk Assessment

–          Principles of fire risk assessment

–          Five step method

–          PAS 79

–          Nine steps

–          Protecting the structure of the building



Reviewing a fire risk assessment

–          Process of review

–          Case studies

–          Degraded systems



Auditing fire risk assessments

–          What to look for?





In house



Four days



£445 plus VAT per delegate (minimum 10 delegates per course)


Booking a course

To book a course, please contact us: 01832 710770