The Challenge:

Off the back of our number one position on the sprinkler lot on the SEC framework, Optivo Housing Association contracted us to retrofit a fire sprinkler system into 63 one and two bedroom flats and communal spaces in a three story newly built residential home in Kent.

Optivo wanted the system to be installed quickly before residents moved in and without any obvious change to the décor of the brand-new properties.

The Solution:

We advised Optivo to install a British standard, mist system rather than a wet system as this could be fitted more quickly and would take up less space in the plant room (due to only needing four small pumps rather than a tank).

We demonstrated how this system could be installed in a fully-decorated show flat requiring only minimal making-good. Optivo were pleased with our approach, and the twelve- week installation programme began.

The Impact:

We installed the sprinkler fittings and left properties exactly as they were before installation, with no evidence of works being undertaken. The installation went so smoothly that we were able to complete 3 flats per day.

The new sprinkler system was installed within ten weeks and the hand over was completed two weeks ahead of schedule. It now means that the client can implement a stay put policy for the wellbeing of vulnerable residents.

" I feel the works went really well. I had certainly assumed far more mess and disruption during the installation phase. The works were completed ahead of schedule which was pleasing. Having Simon on site was extremely useful and he is always very approachable and helpful. The contractors are polite and accommodating. Having completed viewings, people are extremely impressed and comment on how neatly the ceilings are finished. It’s impossible to see where Kier have been and this is exactly what we needed. I’m hopeful the next installation at Atlas Place will be just as successful. "
Claire Brooks Project Manager Optivo

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