The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) announced the winners of the 2019 Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards on Thursday 5 December at The Pavilion in the Tower of London. The awards were presented by ITV’s Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins to companies and individuals adjudged to have contributed towards the advancement of the passive fire protection sector.
The Judges commented on the extremely high standard of all entries received and the variety of entries that have served to highlight the excellent work of ASFP members.
Passive Fire Protection Innovation of the Year
Winner: R Lewis & Co Ltd
The detail was developed to address a problem in a 29-storey residential block in which the standard deflection head detail within a two-hour fire wall was missing. To avoid having to take down and rebuild the wall, R Lewis developed the new detail which could be installed to the face of the wall from one side only, minimising damage and disruption.
R Lewis then commissioned a fire resistance test to show that the modification would work (something that’s usually the preserve of manufacturers). The detail has since been installed across many projects.
The Judges commended the product for directly addressing a nationwide industry problem and praised the contractor for designing and testing a novel solution.
Best Installation Project of the Year (sponsored by Siderise Insulation Ltd)
Winner: Sharpfibre Ltd
Sharpfibre Ltd received the Best Installation Project of the Year Award for its work on the Newfoundland building in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf. The project presented unique challenges when it came to fire protection for the structural steels of this 220 metre tower. Sharpfibre’s solution was to apply a self-sticking, breathable water-resisting membrane – Wraptite.
The Judges were impressed with the innovative and cost-effective solution for this live project which involved working at height in very exposed conditions (including the application of Wraptite outside the boundary of the building at great height).
ASFP Academic Achievement Awards
Winner of the Level 2 Examination: Duncan Brickhill (BM TRADA)
Winners of the Level 3 Examination: Sem Kneeshaw (Fire Delay Contractors Ltd) and James McClavy (Saint-Gobain Isover)
ASFP Member Contribution Award
Winner: Aidan O’Connor
Member of the Year was awarded to Aidan O’Connor, estate manager with responsibility for fire safety at Ireland’s Health Service Executive for his active role in raising awareness of passive fire protection and working to improve installation quality by promoting the third party certification of sub-contractors.
O’Connor insists on excellence in passive fire protection in all hospitals and medical facilities and promotes the ASFP and its members to Government projects in the Republic of Ireland. He’s a very active member of the ASFP Technical Task Group in Ireland and regularly attends Council and other ASFP meetings and events.
ASFP Passive Fire Protection Advocate of the Year
Winner: Neville Tomblin
Neville Tomblin from Southampton City Council was awarded Passive Fire Protection Advocate of the Year for his outstanding professionalism in upgrading fire safety, especially passive protection in the Council’s high rise residential blocks. With his 45 years’ experience in domestic construction, refurbishment and repairs, Tomblin motivates staff and colleagues and takes a proactive approach towards his duties, working with his team to expand their skills and experience. Tomblin’s work is all about helping to deliver a safer environment for residents as well as protecting the value of the Council’s housing stock.
ASFP CEO Niall Rowan offered his congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted projects: “The ASFP Passive Fire Protection Awards aim to highlight excellence in passive fire protection and reward those who contribute to the advancement of the sector. I would like to congratulate all those who were shortlisted for these awards and, of course, applaud the very worthy winners. Every entry was of a very high standard and the variety of entries served to demonstrate the excellent work, expertise, professionalism and commitment of our members.”
Rowan added: “2019 has been a hugely successful year for the ASFP in which we’ve seen significant growth in membership and very strong interest in our Level 3 and Level 2 training programmes. Close to 300 people have now completed the courses, with most of them going on to sit the associated Institution of Fire Engineers examinations. We’re delighted to recognise this success through our new Academic Achievement Awards.”