Client: 

TOPSHOP, OXFORD, UK

Sector: 

RETAIL

Product: 

Two-Sided, Open FireMaster® Concertina Fire Curtain

Compartmentation, Protected Means of Escape

What: 

Stoneforce Ltd are a sub-contractor fit out company that work regularly with major high street brands such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and BHS.
 
Stoneforce appointed Coopers Fire to offer a fire curtain solution for the new Topshop and Topman store in Oxford, offering a fire break around the escalator between the basement and ground floor.
 
The basement level mainly comprises of the Topshop retail store as well as the offices, store room and services. The ground floor is used by Topman.
 

 
The ground floor and basement are connected by a two way escalator for the shoppers and staff to use. As a fire break is required between these floors, it was necessary to install a fire curtain.
 
To retain an open plan feeling to the basement and allow more usable space at the bottom of the escalator for clothes rails and displays, the FireMaster Concertina was an ideal solution as no corner posts are required.
 
The FireMaster Concertina once deployed creates a ‘virtual wall’ and is invisible from view until required in the event of a fire.

How: 

Coopers FireMaster Concertina is a great way to offer compartmentation between floors and able to fully encapsulate an escalator and act as a fire break.
 
By installing the FireMaster Concertina meant it would provide the building with an approved, non-invasive means of fire protection that would satisfy the fire regulations as well as ensuring that the open plan design remained as intended.
 

 
Compartmentation and Protected Means of Escape were required as part of the fire safety solutions. A 5760mm by 3750mm with a drop of 3935mm, L shaped, open FireMaster Concertina was installed at the bottom of the escalator. The complete system is assessed in accordance with BS EN 1634-1:2008 for 240 minutes Integrity.
 
Due to its modern technology, well-engineered design and non invasive properties meant it fitted perfectly with this high specification, open plan retail store.

Benefits: 

Coopers were able to work closely with Stoneforce Ltd on this project to satisfy the fire regulations. As a manufacturer and installer that is fully project managed meant Coopers were able to ensure the final, fitted product satisfied the high quality finish required. Coopers are Independently Third Party Certified for Product Testing and Installation.
 
Coopers fire curtains are recognised as the modern alternative to firewalls, fire doors and glazing, giving designers the freedom to design modern, open plan spaces without compromising fire safety. They are increasingly specified by designers as a solution for open plan designs.
 

 
Coopers Fire is a turnkey business, offering the customer a product and service with full provenance. Coopers Fire designs, manufactures, tests, installs and maintains all its fire curtains from our business premises in Havant, Hampshire.
 

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Stoneforce appointed Coopers Fire to offer a fire curtain solution for the new Topshop and Topman store in Oxford, offering a fire break around the escalator between the basement and ground floor. By installing the FireMaster Concertina meant it would provide the building with an approved, non-invasive means of fire protection that would satisfy the fire regulations as well as ensuring that the open plan design remained as intended.

Client: 

DOMESTIC PROPERTY, DENBIGH TERRACE, LONDON

Sector: 

DOMESTIC PROPERTY

Product: 

FireMaster® Staircase Angled Fire Curtain

Stairs, Protected Means of Escape

What: 

Denbigh Terrace is a newly renovated four storey domestic property in London located just off Portobello Road.
 
The renovation of the property was designed and project managed by George Clarke Architects. George Clarke is the celebrity architect that features on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Restoration Man.
 
Denbigh Terrace was originally a three floor property, that used the roofspace to create a fourth floor and was also extended to have a large basement extension to create a four floor ‘iceberg’ property. The open plan design of the property meant a fire break was needed between the ground floor and first floor at the request of Chelsea and Kensington Building Control.
 

 
The fire break stops the spread of fire through the property and also protects a means of escape. Fire curtains are being specified in more domestic properties to offer compartmentation and protected means of escape.

How: 

As space for a standard fire curtain was limited, we were approached by George Clarke Architects to offer a bespoke engineered solution.
 
With this challenge, Coopers engineered a 45 degree, angled fire curtain that runs up the timber stairway stringer.
 
Coopers worked with the architects and main contractor and were able to offer solutions to hide the side guides and headbox and neatly incorporated them into the stairway construction.
 

 
The angled fire curtain is subtly hidden when not in use but still offers the right level of fire protection and operates perfectly as a fully functional active fire curtain.

Benefits: 

The Coopers Fire engineering team were able to work closely with the architects on this project to comply with the fire regulations and were able to ensure the final bespoke engineered solution was installed correctly and satisfied the high quality finish required.
 
Coopers fire curtains are recognised as the modern alternative to firewalls, fire doors and glazing, giving designers the freedom to design modern, open plan spaces without compromising fire safety. They are increasingly specified by designers as a solution for open plan designs.
 

 
Coopers Fire is a turnkey business, offering the customer a product and service with full provenance. Coopers Fire designs, manufactures, and tests all its fire curtains from our business premises in Havant, Hampshire. Coopers are Independently Third Party Certified for Product Testing and Installation.
 

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Denbigh Terrace is a newly renovated four storey domestic property in London located just off Portobello Road. With this challenge, Coopers engineered a 45 degree, angled fire curtain that runs up the timber stairway stringer. The angled fire curtain is subtly hidden when not in use but still offers the right level of fire protection and operates perfectly as a fully functional active fire curtain.

Client: 

HAMAD BIN KHALIFA MEDICAL CITY, DOHA, QATAR

Sector: 

HEALTHCARE

Product: 

FireMaster® Vertical Fire Curtains

Compartmentation, Atrium, Lobbies & Receptions, Protected Means of Escape

What: 

International Gulf Trading Company, IGTC, are Coopers’ distributor in the State of Qatar and recently installed multiple vertical fire curtains in the Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City Health Centre in Doha, Qatar. This healthcare facility is the largest ever in the Middle East with over 250,000 square metres of space.   This state of the art, open plan health centre was funded for construction by the Government owned Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), which is one of a number of new facilities planned by HMC and the Supreme Council of Health in the coming years to expand medical and health provisions in the country due to its booming population.     The fit out company on this project were Korean-based Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company, who are well known for the high standards of finish on their projects. IGTC worked with the local consultants, KEO, to ensure all fire requirements were adhered to.   Due to the open plan design of the hospital, with large atriums and long, curved corridors, meant there was a requirement to have multiple fire breaks throughout the building that required a solution that didn’t interrupt the flow and layout of the design. Multiple FireMaster fire curtains were used to offer these fire breaks and were also selected as the product would integrate with the high end finish specified.

How: 

Our range of products meant all of the fire curtain requirements were met and the fire regulations could be adhered to keep the occupants of this complex safe. Coopers FireMaster vertical fire curtain is a great way to offer compartmentation between fire zones.   By installing the FireMaster vertical fire curtain meant it would provide the building with an approved, non-invasive means of fire protection that would satisfy the fire regulations as well as ensuring that the open plan design remained as intended.     Applications for Compartmentation, Atrium, Lobbies and Receptions and Protected Means of Escape were required as part of the fire safety solutions.   42 FireMaster fire curtains were installed in the Hamad Medical City ranging from 1.5 metres wide to 12 metres wide offering over 2 hours fire resistence and due to the modern technology, well-engineered designs and non invasive properties of the products installed, meant it fitted perfectly with this high specification, open plan health care centre.

Benefits: 

IGTC were able to work closely with the consultants, KEO on this project to satisfy the fire regulations and due to our partnership with IGTC, Coopers were able to ensure the final engineered solution and fitted products satisfied the high quality finish required by the client. Coopers are Independently Third Party Certified for Product Testing and Installation.     Coopers fire curtains are recognised as the modern alternative to firewalls, fire doors and glazing, giving designers the freedom to design modern, open plan spaces without compromising fire safety. They are increasingly specified by designers as a solution for open plan designs.   Coopers Fire is a turnkey business, offering the customer a product and service with full provenance. Coopers Fire designs, manufactures, tests, installs and maintains all its fire curtains from our business premises in Havant, Hampshire.  

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International Gulf Trading Company, IGTC, are Coopers’ distributor in the State of Qatar and recently installed multiple vertical fire curtains in the Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City Health Centre in Doha, Qatar. This healthcare facility is the largest ever in the Middle East with over 250,000 square metres of space.

Client: 

LEABAIB HEALTH CENTER, HMC, QATAR

Sector: 

HEALTHCARE

Product: 

FireMaster® Concertina, FireMaster® Vertical and Vii®Fire Fire Curtains

Compartmentation and Atrium, Lobbies & Reception

What: 

International Gulf Trading Company, IGTC, are Coopers Fire’s distributor in the State of Qatar and recently installed fire curtains in the Leabaib Health Centre in Doha, Qatar. IGTC worked with the local consultants, Dar Al-Handasah and were employed by the main contractors, Boom Construction Company.   This state of the art, open plan health centre required a range of products. There were two Vii Fire i-Zone fire curtains fitted over pharmacy counter windows and a 10m wide vertical FireMaster fire curtain acting as a fire break between the main reception counters and the entrance atrium. Finally, installed around the atrium was a 23m x 5m rectangular, closed FireMaster Concertina fire curtain.     The Concertina is the first of its kind installed in the State of Qatar and one of the largest installed in the Middle East.   The Concertina is installed on the first floor around the reception atrium and provides a fire break between the ground floor and first floor. The Concertina was used instead of fire rated glazing on the first floor around the atrium, thus creating a more open plan design with a greater feeling of light and space.

How: 

Our range of products meant all of the fire curtain requirements were met and the fire regulations could be adhered to keep the occupants of the building safe.   Coopers FireMaster Concertina is a great way to offer compartmentation between floors and was installed because there were no columns at the atrium to install side guides and there is no smoke extraction system on the atrium so functional gaps were not allowed.     By installing the FireMaster Concertina meant it would provide the building with an approved, non-invasive means of fire protection that would satisfy the fire regulations as well as ensuring that the open plan design remained as intended.   Applications for Compartmentation and Atrium, Lobbies and Receptions were required as part of the fire safety solutions. The 23m long by 5m wide, rectangular, closed FireMaster Concertina was installed around the atrium and due to the modern technology, well-engineered designs and non invasive properties of the products installed, meant it fitted perfectly with this high specification, open plan health care centre.

Benefits: 

IGTC were able to work closely with the consultants, Dar Al-Handasah, on this project to satisfy the fire regulations and due to our partnership with IGTC, Coopers were able to ensure the final engineered solution and fitted products satisfied the high quality finish required. Coopers are Independently Third Party Certified for Product Testing and Installation.     Coopers fire curtains are recognised as the modern alternative to firewalls, fire doors and glazing, giving designers the freedom to design modern, open plan spaces without compromising fire safety. They are increasingly specified by designers as a solution for open plan designs.     Coopers Fire is a turnkey business, offering the customer a product and service with full provenance. Coopers Fire designs, manufactures, and tests all its fire curtains from our business premises in Havant, Hampshire.  

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International Gulf Trading Company, are Coopers Fire’s distributor in the State of Qatar and recently installed fire curtains in the Leabaib Health Centre in Doha, Qatar. This state of the art, open plan health centre required a range of products. The Concertina fire curtain installed around the atrium is the first of its kind installed in the State of Qatar and one of the largest installed in the Middle East.

Two Major Exhibitions for Coopers Fire - The Big 5 Dubai and Scotland Build

Client: 

ALDGATE TOWER, LONDON

Sector: 

COMMERCIAL OFFICES

Product: 

FireMaster® Concertina Fire Curtain

Compartmentation
Protected Means of Escape

What: 

Modus construction built the 18 floor, state-of-the-art 317,000 sq ft Aldgate Tower in the Aldgate commercial area of Central London. Aldgate Tower consists of office space for UK Commercial, UK Legal, Creative and Financial companies and the building’s location allows fantastic, 360 degree panoramic views of the London skyline. The building’s internal layout consists of office space around the outer edge with a central core of lifts, meeting rooms and service facilities.
 
Like all modern buildings being constructed, fire engineering is a high priority, especially when combined with the modern, open plan designs being created by architects. In the case of Aldgate Tower, the architect designed a focal point, open staircase leading from the 11th to 12th floor on the west side of the building.
 

 
As the staircase design was to remain open with no lobby or door at the bottom and top and with no surrounding walls meant the fire engineers required some sort of fire compartmentation between the floors via the staircase.

How: 

The Coopers FireMaster®, closed rectangular Concertina fire curtain is a perfect solution when requiring fire compartmentation around a staircase as it offers a virtual firewall creating a lobby once the curtain has been deployed with more than 2 hours integrity.
 
The innovative Concertina fire curtain installed at Aldgate Tower fully encapsulates the staircase from the 11th to the 12th floor in the event of a fire. The curtain is triggered by either the fire alarm system or a local heat or smoke sensor and is automatically deployed from the ceiling to the floor.
 

 
Once activated and fully deployed the Concertina fire curtain replaces the requirement for a lobby or door at both ends of the stairs and protects the occupants from the spread of fire and smoke between the floors.
 
The curtain’s headbox is completely exposed, which is unusual for a Concertina, but it sits well with the surrounding service pipes, vents and structural joists and the headbox and supporting unistruts have all been painted in the same grey finish as the surrounding steel work.

Benefits: 

The FireMaster® Concertina product offers architects the perfect solution to open plan designs with fire engineering in mind and the strict fire regulations put in place with modern tall building construction.
 

 
The Concertina fire curtain deploys from the ceiling without the requirement for any side guides or columns, which would disrupt the fantastic views and the open plan design to the office space.
 
It also removes the requirement to have a lobby or door at the top and bottom of the stairs meaning architects, designers and fire engineers are turning to the FireMaster® Concertina to allow beautiful and profitable office spaces whilst protecting the occupants from the harmful effects of fire and smoke.
 

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Modus construction built the 18 floor, state-of-the-art 317,000 sq ft Aldgate Tower in the Aldgate commercial area of Central London. Aldgate Tower consists of office space for UK Commercial, UK Legal, Creative and Financial companies and the building’s location allows fantastic, 360 degree panoramic views of the London skyline.

Client: 

COOPER BMW MINI, UK

Sector: 

Retail and Commercial Office

Product: 

FireMaster® Fire curtains

Openings in Walls, Compartmentation and Protected Means of Escape

What: 

Inchcape, the automotive retail and services company, instructed the Clegg Group as main contractors for the BMW and Mini Cooper build for the joint site in Reading, UK. The new dealership is a showroom, garage and customer services point for both BMW and Mini Cooper.
 
The site is very clearly divided up into the bright and fun branded Mini Cooper site and the more sleek and sophisticated BMW side. Customers are able to freely move from one side to the other due to the open plan designs and the two sides are joined by a first floor connecting wide walkway.
 

 
The three open plan floors are connected by escalators on the BMW side and stairs on the Mini Cooper side. Due to this layout means fire compartmentation is required between the two sides to prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building in the event of a fire.
 
There are a total of five, automatic deployable fire curtains installed that are completely hidden from view until required. Coopers were also requested to develop and install a showroom curtain that didn't require or offer any fire protection but used architectural fabric that was specially created to retract automatically combined with dry ice and music to reveal the customer’s new Mini Cooper to them on the day they pick it up.

How: 

The Coopers Fire team worked closely with the contractors to ensure the fire curtains supplied satisfied the fire regulations stipulated by the building’s fire engineering scheme. It is also essential that the fire curtains were subtly designed into the makeup of the building so the clean lines and open plan designs were not spoilt.
 
The main BMW used car showroom is 35 metres wide and required a dividing fire curtain across the middle to offer fire compartmentation between the main part of the building and the car park, ramp and garage. Two FireMaster® vertically deployable fire curtains were installed to the divide up this large showroom area, offering more than 2 hours integrity. One fire curtain was just under 20 metres wide with the other fire curtain being 15 metres wide. Both fire curtains had a drop of 3.3 metres and were designed into the fabric of the building thus being invisible from view by the browsing customers.
 

 
The three other fire curtains installed divide the BMW and Mini Cooper sides and were 4 metres, 4.2 metres and and 6.7 metres and all had a drop of 3.3 metres.

Benefits: 

Coopers Fire are able to offer a huge range of fire and smoke curtain sizes to suit all applications within a building and being able to offer a suitable product to large global brands like Mini Cooper BMW is hugely important. Not only were Coopers able to offer the level of fire protection required, we were also able to develop an innovative non fire protective showroom curtain for the Mini Cooper site.
 
The day to day occupants of the Mini Cooper and BMW building in Reading not only benefit from a beautiful, open plan and modern work place but are also able to enjoy this space knowing they are safely protected from the spread of fire by Coopers fire curtains.
 

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Inchcape, the automotive retail and services company, instructed the Clegg Group as main contractors for the BMW and Mini Cooper build for the joint site in Reading, UK. The new dealership is a showroom, garage and customer services point for both BMW and Mini Cooper.

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Coopers Fire are pleased to announce we have achieved full compliance for the British Standard BS 8524 Parts 1 & 2 for Active Fire Curtain Barrier Assemblies.

Inaugural installation of a rectangular shaped Concertina fire curtain completed in Maida Vale, London

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