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



Introducing our Maintenance Application (MAPP)

MAPP screen shotUse of ‘MAPP’

This electronic application system tool assists in clarifying the effectiveness of existing passive fire maintenance contract work.

The application provides a check log for the user to identify where items have not been sufficiently maintained and this will in turn give the client prior information on the areas logged as part of any future contract installation action arrangements.

A data log including users details, date and time is created with a check log facility to produce a full detailed description on the condition of for example each install or compartment area viewed.

The recorded information can be used to identify whether areas have been properly maintained during the contract period. Individual logged area descriptions identified on the MAPP system will also enable the user to update drawings, attach photographic evidence and automatically produce individual survey data logs.’

‘Designed to aid all those responsible for building fire safety this passive fire protection application tool will enable the user to confirm that an external contractor has been maintaining systems to the correct standard when their contracted work is in progress and for sign off on completion.

The electronic application can be included as part of your buildings planned preventative fire maintenance scheme.

For estates, facilities and engineering teams in fact anyone involved in passive fire protection and building maintenance, this approach to on – going safety of occupants and the building they are in, can also be used to identify site specific area conditions prior to the start of new passive fire system installations.

To discuss your needs in more detail or to book a trial run period,
please contact the Technical Department for further information on 02920 462773

External Cladding Façade with Multiple Floor Fire Break Requirement

Cladding Fire Break Design

Cladding Fire Break Design

The client required a solution to upgrade each floor level ‘break’ behind the existing external cladding. With many difficult site considerations to overcome including the possible removal of existing high rise cladding and the significant cost implications of doing so, we set about reviewing the alternatives. After several weeks of on site testing and ad hoc tests carried out at our in house facility on the proposed solutions, the final proposal was approved by the client and independently fire tested. The system achieved the 30 minute protection level required for this detail.

Below are a selection of images and videos from the testing process carried out at the BRE test centre on 18th January 2018.

What you see is an ‘external’ vertical cladding façade built on two sides to represent three floors of a corner building detail constructed in front of and against an access stairwell.

Not visible but installed within the construction at each floor level (marked by the dark horizontal dotted lines (to identify each floor level)) is the proposed new cavity fire break system.

 Cladding Wall Fire Break Test Construction

Cladding Wall Fire Break Test Construction

It ran for a total of 60 minutes (30 minute fire test requirement, test was continued for a further 30 mins before cold water hose stream applied (to put the fire out)!

The test was carried out to establish if the ‘new’ fire break detail installed at each floor level maintained its integrity for the required period or not; assessing heat rise and flame spread / smoke emissions during the test.

We hope to use test result data (pending issue of certified test data) to allow our client’s cladding to be reinstated with this our newly tested cavity fire break detail installed behind the cladding walls at each floor level (as shown in this test rig construction and briefly described here).

Cladding detail for test construction
Cladding Wall Fire Break Test Rig


External Cladding Façade with Multiple Floor Fire Break Requirement

If you are looking for a certified and cost effective site specific solution and need assistance,
please contact our technical department at any time by emailing technical@rlewisfire.com 


Linear Deflection Detail at Internal Escape Route Compartment Wall Heads

With no deflection detail at the dry wall head construction, a detail specific joint seal installation was site trialed in a finished and live building environment, subject to test data the client approved the methodology. This system was then fire tested at Exova Warrington Fire facility and found to perform as required for 120 minutes protection.

If you are looking for a certified and cost effective site specific solution and need assistance,
please contact our technical department at any time by emailing technical@rlewisfire.com 

Dry Wall Head Deflection Detail 2hrs web

High Rise Edge of Wall and Slab Protection at Apartment Units

Vertical Edge of Wall Test 120 mins With no protection at this construction detail between occupied accommodation units and with limited access, a fire rated ceramic curtain installation was proposed; this detail was then fire tested and found to perform as required for 120 minutes. The resulting method was certified for use and installed on site with minimal disruption to the client’s occupants and internal décor.


If you are looking for a certified and cost effective site specific solution and need assistance,
please contact our technical department at any time by emailing technical@rlewisfire.com

Compartment and Purlin Protection 120 mins (vertical edge of wall test detail)

R. Lewis Awarded Intumescent Fire Protection Contract for Prestigious New Bristol Museum

Aerospace Bristol, situated in Hayes Way, is a new £19m museum that will tell the amazing story of Bristol’s world-class aerospace industry and give visitors the chance to step aboard a British icon, Concorde Alpha Foxtrot. Designed, built and tested in Bristol, she was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly.


With Concorde as its show-stopping centrepiece, Bristol’s newest major attraction will take visitors on a fascinating journey through time and tell an inspirational story of ingenious design, engineering innovation and remarkable social history. The health and safety of museum staff and visitors is of paramount importance and this includes the need for a first-class fire protection solution.

After initial contract negotiations with Kier Construction Ltd Western & Wales and agreeing a suitable environmental fire protection specification for the structural steelwork; R Lewis &  Co were awarded the intumescent fire protection package at Aerospace Bristol.

The original specification called for a water based fire protection system. During discussions with the site management team concerned about the expected site conditions for these treatments, changed the coating specification for a more suitable

solvent based solution. These materials proved to be less susceptible to the programme working periods which took place during another wet spring and damp summer. The cold rolled steel elements on the museums outside cladding also required 2hrs fire protection and the client wanted to maintain the hanger aesthetic for this prestigious building.

R. Lewis & Co (UK) Ltd were able to engineer a passive fire protection solution to coat the cold rolled members. The cold rolled steel detail brought together three different divisions of R. Lewis & Co (UK) Ltd; the Hydrocarbon Coatings Division, the Passive Fire and the Engineering and Detailing teams. Working together with our supplier partners and their technical department, the Carboline Company, we were able to approve and certify the final coating applications that have now been completed at site. Providing conformity with performance has enabled the client to deliver the desired life safety requirements while maintaining the museums specified aesthetic.

Working closely with Kier Construction Ltd Western & Wales within controlled working conditions, R. Lewis on-site coating teams have been able to achieve successful spray applications that provide both one and two hour’s fire protection to exposed hollow and ‘H’ section steelwork for this building.

Subsequently Kier Bristol requested intumescent coating training support to further assist key members of their construction team focusing on the types of solutions offered at British Aerospace.

Intumescent fire protection is just one of the many expert fire protection services provided by R. Lewis & Co for Construction projects,
please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.

Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

New Services Announced!

We are continually developing as a business, in response to new technologies and the needs of our clients.

We are pleased to announce that we have added two new services to our portfolio:

Fine finish paint serviceFine Finish, Refurb, Repair and Respray
For improved substrate quality, performance and aesthetics

For the protection of timber surfaces, structural steel-work, single engineered components, construction linings, fire door or server room build constructions; our specialist on site and in house (off -site) protection and site support teams working with the latest technical information, material solutions and process equipment will provide you with full support during all aspects of your design, specification, application and project completion requirements.

Visit the Fine Finish, Refurb, Repair and Respray service page for more information or download our flyer.



Specialist Component & Fuel Fire Protection
For hydrocarbon and cellulosic fire performance

R. Lewis and Co (UK) Limited can support you with all your Hydrocarbon and Cellulosic Fire Performance requirements. Working closely with our key supply chain partners and as an independent 3rd party accredited company, R. Lewis and Co (UK) Limited are a nationally recognised specialist contractor in the fire protection and coatings industries. Our aim is to provide you with the most cost effective, efficient and technically supported preparation, protection and long-term performance to substrate services.

Visit the Specialist Component & Fuel Fire Protection service page for more information or download our flyer.


If you have any questions about these new services, or any of our other fire protection services, please get in touch.