The high-profile award-winning Weston Library is the new state-of-the-art reading, teaching, and storage facility within Oxford University. Formerly known as The New Bodleian Library, The Weston Library is home to documents and treasures of national importance, this facility will be used by internationally renowned academics, students, and the public. Its precious contents, staff, and visitors need outstanding passive fire protection without compromise
The impressive eight storey building has been developed to include facilities such as exhibition spaces, reading rooms, and lecture halls. Chris Lewis Fire and Security designed a passive fire solution that met the highest life-safety standards and of course all legal requirements. This passive fire prevention system works seamlessly to prevent or slow the spread of fire, limiting any damage and providing the best safety for the library’s contents and visitors.
This much-anticipated project required Chris Lewis Fire and Security to modify the design as necessary during the course of the build, to accommodate ongoing changes in the architects’ plans (whilst always continuing to comply with rigorous University standards). Our flexible planning and design approach ensured these changes were accommodated and the system was delivered on time.
The targets for this project included:
Chris Lewis Fire and Security are experienced in creating bespoke fire protection which enabled the creation of an adaptable design that meant we could meet the architects’ changes along the way. The design also cleared a number of regular and demanding external audits. Our Passive fore solution provided:
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