Estra Vents at Vale View
The Vale View care home in Newark, Nottinghamshire, features 55 flats across a pair of four-storey blocks and offers a number of services including Extra Care 24 hour support and frequent social activities include bingo and coffee mornings.
Due to the nature of the site and its less able occupants, it was important for the buildings’ administrators to ensure fire safety systems were not only in perfect operating condition, but also that they were as good as they possibly could be in line with the latest technology.
The Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 dictates that systems designed to control the flow of smoke must be properly maintained by a qualified service provider.
The existing single-glazed louvred smoke ventilator windows required updating to a more appropriate system, both in terms of hardware and operating protocols.
The existing system – linked to the building’s fire alarms – scheduled all floors’ vents to open when a fire was detected. This arrangement can cause smoke to leave a fire floor and be drawn back into the building via another floor’s open vent, so Brakel Airvent implemented a system whereby only the fire floor’s vent will open if a fire is detected.
The equipment involved the installation of double-glazed Estra louvred vents, with associated local control panels.
Aivent undertook all installation works (including wiring, fireman’s override switches, aiding integration with fire alarm systems and mobile alloy tower works where scissor lifts would not access the exterior windows). Special care was needed to avoid damaging the render on the exterior of the building and the interior of the windows was finished with a powder coated trimming angle.