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Drax Expands Their Product Line - Looking at Fire Door Guards from Fireco

Ever continuing with business expansion we are delighted to become a Fireco approved installer.

According to Fireco there are about 30 million fire doors in the UK and three million more fitted each year. Fire doors stop fire and smoke from spreading through buildings  and they need to be closed to carry this out. Wedging open fire doors is dangerous but can be common practise, heavy and difficult to open they can also cause injuries or worse yet trap and isolate. 

There has been a growing need to make fire doors easier and safer to open. 

Fireco products are an excellent solution. Their Dorgard range make compliance easy, ticking boxes for safety in fire risk assessments.
  • Compliance with the relevant Fire and Building Regulations to avoid penalties
  • Compliance with the Equality Act
  • An accessible and inclusive environment
  • Spread of fire is prevented as doors close automatically when alarm sounds
  • Improved ventilation in a building
Just a handful of reasons to want to find out more!

You can call us on 0345 4592300 or email and visit the Fireco Website for more info 

Smart Building Show

Drax have just returned from a busy couple of days working alongside our technology partner at the Barbican Smart Buildings Show. It was the first event of this kind and very impressive. Jeremy Allen of Drax Services said, ‘The event was extremely well attended and Drax gained a lot of interest, especially regarding the latest technologies that are coming to market in 2018. We constantly seek to improve the way fire safety is managed and working alongside Drax Technology is a surefire way of achieving this.’

In 2016 the global market for automated and smart building services was worth over 30 billion US dollars. Monitoring activity within premises, especially large sites is one of the best methods of keeping people safe, prevention is undoubtedly better than a cure. Technology in fire safety is predominantly about analysing a site to ensure it is being managed safely, efficiently and the service and maintenance is of the highest standard. Transparency and consistency is vital in this industry which is why Drax created Iris back in 2008. Whilst Iris is constantly being updated for efficiency we also look externally for improved solutions and Smart Technology is a key player. The Drax Technology blog explores this in further detail.

With so many new contracts won, our recent expansion of premises, additional staff and continuation of best practices, attending the Smart Buildings Show was yet another way to cement our place in the future of fire safety. The Smart Buildings Show had an impressive list of exhibitors and speakers. Exhibitors included: Beckhoff, Distech Controls, enlight, Mitie, One Sightsolutions, RedstoneConnect, Sontay, Tridium and WAGO.

John Hatcher, Conference Director, said: "This is the most exciting smart buildings event to take place in the UK and we are pleased to be launching it at The Barbican, London. Bringing together technology vendors and suppliers with FMs, senior leadership teams and building owners under one roof and showcasing the possibilities of smart buildings."

If you attended the event and want to find out more or if you were unable for any reason do get in touch We will gladly carry out a site visit to demonstrate the solutions which are available and make the correct recommendations to improve the efficiency of your fire safety management.

Rogue Landlord fined 200,000 pound for putting tenants lives in danger

Jeffrey Hu aka Weijie Hu from Bewel Property Ltd was recently fined for renting out two properties to tenants in a ‘dreadful state.’

The landlord charged £1000 a month for a room in a house with a rotten balcony and dangerous cooker.

Bewel Property Ltd along with Hu appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court earlier this month. Hu was individually charged and fined £5,000 for the unsafe balcony and live electrical cable. Bewel Property Ltd was also fined £50,000 for offenses committed at a three-storey property in Edenham Way, home to at least six tenants.

The property lacked a safe means of escape in the event of a fire and failure to supply gas and electrical certificates.

District Judge Roscoe said, ‘These are very serious (charges) and the excuses that have been given and the explanation is not satisfactory. You were endangering other people’s lives by having conditions that weren’t satisfactory.’

Westminster Councillor Antonio Cox echoed the Judges’ sentiments, saying, ‘Mr Hu endangered his tenants lives through a complete disregard for their health and wellbeing. His tenants paid rent to live in what amounted to a death trap.

This case should be a warning to rogue landlords that Westminster County Council will ensure they pay heavily through their pockets for housing people in poor conditions.’

In total, Hu and Bevel Property Ltd face £214,000 in fines and costs.


Celebrating Science

Drax are delighted to hear that LMB The Laboratory of Molecular Biology has been awarded the highest accolade in the world for its contribution to Science, this Nobel Prize for Science (Chemistry) is only awarded annually. This brings the LMB total of Nobel Prizes to 11 which is the highest amount for any laboratory in the world.

We received a detailed email from MRC talking through their recent accolade and thanking everyone for this team effort including their suppliers. Drax obtained the maintenance contract for MRC back in December 2016 and were grateful to add them to our growing portfolio of experience working in Biomedical Research Environments. If you are interested or have a similar site that requires this specific sector service, read on to see some specific site solutions we have provided over the years.

Kings College London

King’s academic activities are organized into nine faculties which are subdivided into numerous departments, centres and research divisions.

King’s is one of the largest centres for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research in Europe; it is home to six medical Research Council centres and is a founding member of the King’s Health Partners academic health sciences centre. King’s has around 25,000 students and 6113 staff and had a total income of £604 million in 2013/14, of which £172 million was from research grants and contracts.

Testing Labs –

Our experience of working in teaching campus laboratories include Testing Labs where works are prearranged due to the activities undertaken.

These are secure areas so engineers have to complete RAMS in advance of attendance and follow the permit to work procedure.

Once access is agreed engineers scrub up and wear protective gowns, clothing and shoe covers prior to undertaking any work.

Physics Labs –

We also work within the Physics Labs where testing of laser technologies takes place and the fire alarm system interacts with critical services such as shutters, electrical power, computer areas, gas release systems etc.

It is imperative that a permit process is followed especially with regard to system and plant isolations and re-instatement.

Due to ongoing testing and research some areas have restricted access and we have to work around site activity and re-arrange visits where appropriate.

James Black Foundation

The James Black foundation is a £30M research building that opened in January 2007 and accommodates a large component of the Cardiovascular Division. The building also houses groups working on molecular haematology, neurobiology, translational stem research and transplantation. This unique environment only allows us to undertake works out of hours due to the potential risks of working during the day while research is taking place.

Again, all works are pre-booked, RAMS completed and Permit to Work procedure strictly adhered to.

The fire system uses bespoke equipment suitable for these unusual environments such as the first worldwide fire and building authority approved animal facility alarm system. This has a loud penetrating signal which alerts humans but has few detectable effects on animals.

Cancer UK Cambridge Institute

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI), housed in the Li KA Shing Centre, focuses on tackling questions relating to cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention, supported by world-class core scientific facilities.

Their aim is to be a focus for the practical application of high-quality basic research, forming a bridge between the world-class core science of the University of Cambridge and its environment, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The fundamental principle for research at the CRUK Cambridge Institute is to link the laboratory to the clinic, thus driving the development of new approaches to screening, prevention and treatment.

All planned works require pre-booking, completion of RAMs and the following of strict site procedures to avoid infection. Engineers gown up, wear lab boots, socks, gloves, masks and a hat before entering clean pools and wiping down all tools and equipment with an alcohol rub.

Their own clothing cannot be worn and before entering each room a coat, gloves and hat must be worn over their gown. This additional clothing is specific to each room as are the stepladders used for access and the process is repeated for each alternate room entered. Once a room has been tested we cannot return for fear of infection.

Parexel at Northwick Park Hospital

We also have experience of working in animal testing laboratories at Northwick Park Hospital on behalf of Parexel a multinational life sciences consulting firm who conducts clinical trials on behalf of its pharmaceutical clients to expedite the drug approval process.

Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)

GSTT work with many pharmaceutical and allied healthcare industries to undertake ground-breaking biomedical and health research.
They have excellent research facilities as they are home to a Biomedical Research Centre and a Clinical Research Facility.

These include:
  • genomics facility
  • stem cell facility
  • flow cytometry facility
  • infectious disease biobank
  • NIHR BioResource
  • GMP (Good Morning Practise) Facility
Drax Services work on site includes activity in Pharmaceutical Laboratories and clean rooms, where all works are pre-booked in advance and appropriate RAMS completed to the satisfaction of all stakeholders involved.

We are working in extremely clean critical environments, where our engineers have to gown up in new scrubs each time they enter a laboratory to avoid potential contamination.
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