Going for Gold

The finale of this year’s UKRO 2018 Challenge was the Tunnel to Towers 5km charity run; raising money for the Fire Fighters charity and charities associated with the emergency services and armed forces. We have raised just over £200 so far, and our fundraising page is still up and running, please click here to make a donation.

R Lewis Tower 2 Tower Team

Well done to everyone who took part, but we were particularly impressed with 2 members of our team; Scott Lewis came 1st in the under 18s race and Jon Sommerfield came 3rd overall.

Team R Lewis

R Lewis “Light Up” UKRO 2018

Every year the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge takes place to celebrate the amazing work of our country’s rescue services. This year it was Cardiff’s turn to play hosts and R Lewis was proud to be a sponsor.

The event, which took place from 27th – 29th September, attracted over 30,000 visitors who enjoyed watching Emergency rescue services teams from across the UK compete against each other. Over the 2-day event, their rescuing skills were pushed to the limit with rigorous tests in real-life rescue situations.

We can be guilty of taking our emergency services for granted and watching them work up close brings home the skill and dedication needed to keep our communities safe.


UKRO R Lewis BannerUKRO Challenge Collage

UKRO also organised an exhibition to run alongside the challenges which provided fire protection organisations with a platform to showcase products and services to the emergency service, industry and members of the public.
We spoke to many people during the day and generated a lot of interest when our name was lit up in lights in the main foyer! We were given the opportunity to play our Fire Barrier Injection System test video which highlights how effective the system is, even under extreme heat conditions. The video created a good talking point, helping people to understand what problems could be encountered with certain types of façade and cladding constructions and how the fire barrier injection system in specific criteria been proven to prevent the passage of fire between ‘cavity- breaks’.

R Lewis Fire barrier video

Click here to see the video yourself and discover more about our Fire Barrier System.

ICC South Wales Fire Protection Project

R. Lewis & Co (UK) Ltd, working closely with our coatings supplier International Paint, set about providing the best system and cost competitive intumescent coatings package for work to be carried out on the prestigious International Conference Centre (ICC) in South Wales.

The project started in January 2018 as an 55,000 m2 intumescent paint project using with International 2060C and Interthane 990.

The project was very challenging with environments ranging from C1 to C4 and fire rating ranges from 60 to 120 minutes.

All corrosive category C1 structural steel was coated with Interchar 2060C and due to the length of time during construction phase all steel was coated with Interthane 990. The car park is a C4 environment, the factory primer had failed at points and had to receive mechanical abrasion to all rust spots and erection damage points, spot primed before adding a series of coating’s with Internationals Interchar 2060C, Interguard 269 and finally Interthane 990. Fire ratings 60 and 120 minutes.

ICC, South Wales


R. Lewis have also provided a consistent level of DFT testing and quality control in line with ASFP TGD 11. Not only have these test results been periodically presented to the Main Contractor but have also been submitted and approved by the client’s independent inspector Hugh O’Neil of Corrosion Solutions NACE 2 Paint inspector.

Three months into the intumescent package R. Lewis & Co (UK) Ltd were then appointed the fire stopping package. The package had originally been split into multiple trades, however, John SISK, the contractor saw the value of using 1 accredited specialist to undertake all of the works with fire ratings ranging from 30 to 120 minutes. Initially the package was to fire stop all block walls and construction joints forming the required compartmentation. As the project progressed R. Lewis were then awarded all penetration work in drywall partitions. Following this, the flexible cavity barriers were then instructed and the installation of passive fire protection products to provide acoustic installation to all wall types.


Not only do R. Lewis test intumescent coatings but we also have a team of internal assessors that test and inspect passive fire stopping to ASFP TGD 17. R. Lewis are unique in this level of QA and while it is not a project requirement all findings are reported back to the client for complete clarity.

The consistently high quality of installations and the professionalism shown on site has ensured that a strong relationship has developed with the site team. This Main Contractor instructed R. Lewis to perform site inspections of all passive fire protection works. The scope has been structured to enable inspection of all passive fire protection elements, with reports provided to the Main Contractor to ensure compliance for project hand over.

The fire stopping package has progressed well and ahead of schedule leading to the opportunity for us to tender for and secure the soffit insulation package. The package was 11,680m2 of PIR board to provide class 0 spread of flame to composite decking.


Serviced Carried Out:

  • Structural steel surface preparation
  • Steel corrosion protection
  • Spray applied intumescent coatings to structural steel
  • Spray applied decorative finish to structural steel
  • Top of block fire stopping
  • Decorative mastic seal to block wall
  • Fire Stopping to all dryline walls, including penetration management
  • Soffit Insulation
  • Independent inspection of all passive fire protection

To discuss fire protection services for your next construction project, please get in touch.

Introducing our Fire Barrier Injection System

fire barrier injection systemOur Fire Barrier Injection System is ideal for building façade fire compartment protection.

Working with the latest in injection method fire resistant materials, fire barriers at the building’s façade can be upgraded to your project’s specific requirements by a team of specialist installers. This approach can achieve the necessary fire protection without the need to remove construction materials. Minimising the risk of overall external façade and aesthetic damage and loss of weather performance by introducing an injection material solution can significantly reduce remediation time and costs for this type of work.

Read more about this innovative fire protection service and see the results for yourselves.

If you would like our help or any advice on how our Fire Barrier Injection System can be implemented on your project, please contact us.

NAHFO Wales: Presentation to Senior Fire Officers

Mr. Anthony Pitcher Senior Fire Safety Advisor to the Welsh Branch of Hospital Fire Officers invited R. Lewis to attend and present at the NHS’ WELSH HEALTHCARE FIRE SAFETY ADVISOR’S and NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEALTHCARE FIRE OFFICERS meeting held at Bronllys Hospital on the 14th September 2018.

We were pleased to sponsor the event and present to the fire officers on the subjects of ‘Building Fire Compartmentation Surveys, Passive Fire Stopping solutions and the company’s latest innovation the ‘Fire Break Injection System’.

This Fire Officers meeting was held at Bronlly’s Hospital on the 14th September with part of the groups consultation set aside for the subject of Cladding & Building Regulations. The Fire Break Injection System element of our presentation created much interest and discussion on the materials capabilities and potential suitability for building safety when dealing with ACM cladding constructions.

We look forward to being of assistance on future events and thank all those in attendance for the positive feedback received from the NAHFO members.

Can we help you with your Fire Safety event?
Contact us via the website today or call us on 029 2021 5716

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Super September Weekend: family fun, emergency rescues and a 5k charity run.

R Lewis is proud to be involved in the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Super September Weekend 2018. As well as being one of the event sponsors, we will be exhibiting and have a team entered in the 5k charity run. We will be raising money for the Fire Fighters charity and charities associated with the emergency services and armed forces – click here to make a donation.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are taking over Cardiff Bay from 28th – 30th September, hosting one of the UK’s largest rescue challenge event, the very first Tunnel to Towers 5k family walk/run and staging a Super Safety Village packed full of activities and entertainment for all the family.

On the 28th and 29th the prestigious United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Caerdydd Challenge will see more than 600 of the UK’s most skilled firefighters compete in staged rope rescues, water rescues, vehicle rescues and urban search and rescue contests in and around the Roald Dahl Plass. With SWFRS already boasting the World and UK Extrication Champions through their Bridgend Team, there is a lot at stake in this hotly contested competition with a range of national trophies and titles up for grabs.

On Sunday 30 September the Service will host the very first Tunnel to Towers 5k run and walk, organised by SWFRS’ very own Firefighter Fundraising Team based at Cardiff Central Station.  Originating in New York in honour of Firefighter Stephen Siller who gave his life to save others on September 11, 2001 at the Twin Towers, it is now held across the world and honours the dedication and sacrifice of all emergency service personnel.

This is the first time the event has been held in Wales and is open to all ages. All funds raised will support the Stephen Siller Foundation and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Running from Friday to Sunday the Service will also stage a huge programme of family friendly activities at the SWFRS Super Safety Village in and around the Roald Dahl Plass.  With multiple partners, including South Wales Police, Welsh Ambulance Service, members of Water Safety Wales, Techniquest and Sports Cardiff joining in, visitors can enjoy Virtual Reality driving simulators, walk-in hockey, police dog demonstrations, Techniquest workshops including hand held fire balls and steam ignition as well as choirs, dance, theatre and a display by the Red Devils Parachute Regiment Freefall Team.

Inside the Wales Millennium Centre Friday and Saturday until 2:00pm will be a special kid’s zone full of activities. These include; ‘Mud and Sparks’ a chance to experience and learn more about fire and fire behaviours around our indoor campfires, plus a giant Snakes and Flames board games for teams or individuals and craft activity.

Free workshops will look at the elements including Air Powered Boat Races exploring water safety, seed balls looking at environmental awareness and pyro writing exploring the safe use of fire, provide by educational community company EggSeeds there will also be a special bubble bike exploring the physics of air flow.

There will also be the chance for younger visitors to test our firefighter kit and try out some of our SWFRS jobs, working alongside our Water Rescue and Control Room teams and meeting our young Fire Cadets.

SWFRS Chief Fire Officer Huw Jakeway said, “We are extremely proud to host the UKRO Challenge for 2018 and look forward to welcoming participants and supporters from across the world to Cardiff Bay this September.  As a service we are as passionate about learning development as we are for making South Wales a safer place, with the rescue challenges and the Safety village, there will be plenty of opportunity for everyone to learn a little and leave safer!”

The UKRO Challenge is unrivalled for showcasing the incredible skill and commitment of global-wide emergency service personnel, replicating real-life emergency scenarios in disciplines such as: Vehicle Extrication, Trauma Care, Urban Search and Rescue, Rope Rescue and Water Rescue and visitors will be able to see this in action across the Cardiff Bay area.

Following the completion of the challenge days, the Tunnel to Towers walk will be a great way to round off the event.  This 5k walk or run is open to all the family and will see Firefighters taking part in full kit.  For more information and to sign up please visit: www.cardifftunnel2towers.com.

All activities in the Super Safety Village and across the site will be entirely free and activities will be running from 10:00 until 17:00 each day.

The event runs from 28th – 30th September in the Roald Dahl Plass, Wales Millennium Centre and surrounding areas.  For full details on all the events and activities please visit:

https://www.southwales-fire.gov.uk/en-GB/ukro/ and follow @UKROCaerdydd on Twitter for updates.

R Lewis to Take Part in Cardiff Tunnel to Towers Run

As one of the sponsors of UKRO Cardiff 2018, we recognise the outstanding work of our rescue services and the vital role they play in society.

This 3-day event takes place from 27th – 29th September. On the 30th September, the city then plays host to the Tunnel to Towers fundraiser; a 5km run/walk around the city centre to raise funds for the Fire Fighters charity and charities associated with the emergency services and armed forces.

This event is organised by Firefighting Fundraisers, who were inspired by the New York Fire Department’s ‘Tunnel to Towers Run’, which was organised by the Stephen Siller Foundation.

R Lewis and Co will be entering a team to help raise money for this worthy cause and would welcome your support.

We have set up a Just Giving page to make it as easy as possible for you to donate – click here to make a donation

Thank you in advance.

Read more about our involvement with UKRO Cardiff 2018


R Lewis Sponsor United Kingdom Rescue Organisation 2018 Conference

We are proud to sponsor the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation 2018 conference, village and challenge event which takes place in Cardiff Bay from 27th – 29th September 2018.

This global gathering of the blue light services is expected to attract several thousand visitors over the 3 days, all of whom will have the opportunity to be part of the conference at the Millennium Centre.  Visitors will be able to explore product stands showcasing the latest innovations in the rescue sector, as well as meet charity groups who will be on hand for information and support. There will also be all kinds of “have a go” experiences for anyone to try.

A major part of this annual event is the rescue organisations multi-discipline challenge days which will run daily, with many open to the public over the course of this extended weekend.

R Lewis and Co are looking forward to meeting all those interested in learning more about these life-saving services and of course working in partnership with South Wales Fire and event organisation teams in September 2018.


NAHFO Conference

In May, R Lewis and Co took part in the National Association of Healthcare

Fire Officers (NAHFO) conference held at the Mercure Hotel and Spa Daventry. We were one of 30 businesses from the fire protection sector invited to exhibit and share our knowledge and services with NHS regional health authority fire officers and hospital facilities and maintenance management teams.

Alongside multi-service networking, this three-day event provided an opportunity for product and service CPD input from a variety of industry related companies and service providers to the NHS and the general members of NAHFO. Attendees also had the chance to gain hands-on experiences of the latest technologies and innovations including Fire Authority ‘virtual reality’ training programmes and life and property saving equipment and product demonstrations.

Qualification Successes for R Lewis and Co Team

The continual development of our fire protection knowledge and expertise is important to us and we ensure that are staff are up to date with the latest fire protection industry standards and techniques.

Training successes over the past 12 months include:

Asbestos Awareness Training (UKATA) Bristol – Neil Buswell, Jack Stead, Janis Auzins, Andrew Scoble and Mark Thomas

BEng Fire Safety Engineering Degree University of South Wales Treforest – Janis Auzins

BRE Academy Watford: Fire Door Inspection – Jack Stead, Darren Kellaway, Neil Buswell and Andrew Scoble

Independent Fire Inspection Nottingham: Fire Stopping Inspection Diploma – Neil Buswell, Andrew Scoble, Jack Stead and Mark Thomas

NVQ Level 2 in Passive Fire Protection – Paul Taylor and Wayne Richardson