Grafton Quarter in Croydon is an ambitious £25M project aimed at transforming a declining two-acre industrial site into an outstanding mixed-use scheme. The resulting development features an innovative creative hub with circa 20,000 sq ft of artist studios and 97 residential units and is an impressive addition to this upcoming area.
Initial design reports conducted by a Fire Engineer recommended a mechanical ventilation system for each of the 8-storey residential blocks and set out some key requirements for same. The smoke ventilation system would need to provide adjustable flow rates to run in escape mode and firefighting mode. The control system would be linked to the central fire alarm via interfaces and Fireman Priority Switches within the stairway on each level. It was also identified during the planning phase that the central boiler systems were constructed to run through the mechanical risers, and therefore it was necessary to additionally facilitate temperature control for these areas.