Kingston Joinery trains managers to certify fire doors on site and meet new demands in light of Grenfell Tower tragedy Monday, October 9th, 2017
Specialist East Yorkshire based contractor Kingston Joinery is training senior site and project managers to officially certify its own fire doors installations on developments – ensuring developers are assured they meet new standards being demanded following the tragic Grenfell Tower blaze in London.
The Melton-based joinery business installs thousands of fire doors on major developments across the UK, many of which are hotels, schools, apartments and student accommodation, as it works on site for contractors.
Managing director Craig O’Leary says there has been a clear shift with regard to required certifications, accreditations and audits of developments – in particular the installations of fire doors - since the blaze at the 24 floor tower block in June of this year, from which the final death toll is expected to be around 80 people.
And having seen a number of contractors already demand third party International Fire Consultants (IFC) Certification - a UKAS accredited and an internationally recognised certifier – Mr O’Leary has decided to put all of the firm’s on site project managers through the required training also.
“Quite rightly we have seen a major rethink of the way buildings are assessed and certified with regards to fire safety across the UK following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower this summer,” he said.
“It has impacted on the industry, and some of the contractors we have regularly worked for over the past 10 years have each now stipulated that fire doors must be certified to IFC standards before they’ll even consider issuing the contract of work.
“Of course, these changes are completely necessary and completely understandable, but it can cause delays on developments when there are tight deadlines to meet if we are to wait for independent assessors to arrive before they are approved.
“By training each of our site managers and to make them able to certify the work we have done, which is then later checked by others from the IFC as part of ongoing audits, we are meeting the standards and ensuring projects run as smoothly as possible and remain on schedule.
“Becoming certified IFC installers gives the contractors we work for assurance and confidence that our products have been tested and installed to meet the required standard, by skilled and competent operatives. “Obviously, given the recent tragic events this is more important to businesses who are considering tenders for work on their sites than ever before.”
Kingston Joinery, now in its 10th year of business, has enjoyed further growth in 2017, heading towards a turnover of around £7m. It employs a team of around 70 joiners and management, working for the likes of Interserve, Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty, Galliard and Wates.
IFC Certification was key in securing a recent joinery package contract with Interserve at the new £200m Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough.
The project, for BS Stanford Ltd, involves the construction of a new specialist clinical rehabilitation centre for the armed forces to improve and advance treatments already provided for injured service-men and women.
A 10-man team from Kingston Joinery has spent the past few months on site as part of work worth around £400,000 to the firm. The certification was also required to work with Interserve at The University of Hull’s new £25m, five-storey Allam Medical Building.
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