Somerset Historic Artefacts Protected from Fire


Somerset County Council needed an environmentally controlled archive storage facility for its Heritage Centre.  The £5.7m development project involved the construction of 2 two-storey buildings which were specifically designed to house historical artefacts and documents, which are both stored and restored on site, as well available for public viewing. The newly constructed “Timestream” building has a GEA of 2092m² and out stores 1440m².


Lewis & Co (UK) Ltd. was involved in the design and construction of the fire protection elements of the build. One of the challenges faced was that the buildings are specifically designed to comply with BS5454 for storage of archive materials so the climatic control requirements are extremely stringent, hence the primary store is a reinforced concrete enclosed structure with metal cladding and roofing.

Working in partnership with Dawnus Construction, the scheme for high specification offices was completed using thin film intumescent coatings and steel encasement materials for 60 minutes fire protection.