Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Compartmentation Surveys

What is a fire compartmentation survey?

The objective of fire compartmentation is to prevent the spread of smoke and fire. By subdividing the building, we can protect escape routes, high risk or high-value areas and prevent extensive losses.

A suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment will typically involve a review of existing fire compartment measures. However, the scope of a fire risk assessment will not extensively cover every area or item of fire compartmentation and a more detailed survey may sometimes be recommended. Sampling can indicate the presence of significant issues, such as locating or confirming the presence of fire dampers or establishing if existing measures meet the requirements of current guidance or to meet other specific business resilience objectives.

How can the FPA help?

Our expert surveyors can conduct comprehensive, non-destructive fire compartmentation surveys and deliver detailed reports on the condition of walls and floors, roof voids, wall voids, risers and shafts, floor voids and basements.

What is included?

  • An assessment of the compartmentation strategy for the premises, or defining the compartmentation strategy if not known
  • A comprehensive visual inspection of the existing provisions including fire compartmentation in roof voids, fire doors, floors, walls, basements, floor and ceiling voids, risers and shafts where present
  • An assessment of the condition of fire doors and compartmentation and subsequent defects in accordance with Building Regulation guidance, relevant British Standards, and any site-specific fire strategy information made available
  • A clear action plan which outlines locations of defects, photographic evidence, and suggested remedial actions to be taken.

Compartmentation survey technology

We have significantly developed the technology we use to carry out fire safety compartmentation services to improve the outputs for our customers. Using a tablet device, our software application enables our surveyors to upload your building floor plans (if available). 

The plans are used to describe the compartmentation strategy, the location of each fire door, and any identified compartmentation issue/breach. Each issue is given a unique ID number on the drawing which corresponds with the digital survey report. A RAG rating is also included to enable prioritisation of remedial works.

This technology enables us to produce a clear, concise, comprehensive digital report which links any identified issues to the location on your building floor plans. Annotated drawings are provided in AutoCAD and pdf formats and the report is produced in a useable format so you can filter, extract, and import to your own system.

Compartmentation survey outputs

The report will outline the existing condition and adequacy of the fire compartmentation measures, and where necessary recommend improvements that should be undertaken in order to make your buildings compliant with statutory requirements and best practice guidance, or to meet a specific business resilience objective.

Our compartmentation survey outputs comprise:

  • annotated plans of each floor of your building showing the lines of compartmentation
  • details of each compartmentation breach, hole, and imperfection identified with suggested repair detail
  • a thorough review of all elements of each fire door and remedial actions described using the BM TRADA Accepted Repair Techniques
  • actual or expected damper locations
  • any obvious fire hazards or risks
  • rough order costs for each issue (if required).

Fire door inspections and physical compartmentation surveys can be undertaken as discrete activities if required. Find out more about our Fire Door Inspection Surveys.

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We work across all sectors including retail, education, construction, warehousing and healthcare.

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