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.
Scope of works
Automatic fire alarm system
Smoke and heat detection
Bespoke cause and effect programming
Security device interface
Manual call points
“Chris Lewis Fire & Security were a real asset to the project and proved that our decision to work with them was well founded. They worked hard as part of a large construction team that delivered a fantastic project for the University of Oxford. They continued to develop the design of the passive fire protection throughout the lifetime of the project and integrated their systems with both the active fire protection and security systems”
Keith Vance, Operations Director, Mace Group
The impressive eight storey building has been developed to include facilities such as exhibition spaces, reading rooms and lecture halls. CLFS 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 CLFS 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:
First-time working solution
Ready on time for the opening by Her Majesty The Queen
Zero avoidable false alarms
BSI standards adherence
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 fire solution provided:
Outstanding protection for staff and visitors
Rapid-response management during and after the project
Protection for disabled visitors during a fire
Sustained maintenance of security control during an alarm
Interface with active fire protection systems There is a very wide range of environments within the building each with different daily routines. By taking this into account we provided a solution that acknowledges the varied environment, time of day and other expected behaviours.
When the building opened its doors to the public, the University was assured of a completely reliable, high-quality passive fire protection system. Our system gives outstanding protection to the visitors and staff of this great library. It allows them safe access to the lecture facilities, reading rooms and keeps all of its historic artefacts and treasures safe.
Our design takes advantage of the latest technologies available to ensure the fire and security systems work together seamlessly, whilst still providing flexibility and control.
Facts and Figures
Our innovative installation provided:
36 highly-sensitive aspirating smoke-detection systems installed in key areas, with over 2,500m of sampling pipe at multiple heights
Over 1,000 automatic smoke and heat detection devices plus 100 manual call-points programmed using an inter-relational cause-and-effect matrix for maximum protection
Direct information-feed into the overall University Security Control Room for rapid response
Strategic fire shutters installed to instantly compartmentalise the building to maintain fire integrity
Chris Lewis Fire & Security is a leader in innovative fire and security solutions. We are recognised as the number one provider of fire and security installations for domestic and commercial premises in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, West London and surrounding areas.