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The Association for Specialist Fire Protection announced the winners of the 2019 Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards on Thursday 5 December at an Awards Lunch held at The Pavilion, Tower of London.

The ASFP Passive Fire Protection Awards were introduced in 2017 to recognise the success of the ASFP members within the Passive Fire Protection Industry. In its third year the awards have been developed to highlight the successes within the passive fire industry in 2019. Congratulations to all those that submitted a nomination for these awards and to this year’s shortlist. The judges commented on the extremely high standard of all entries received and the variety of entries that have served to highlight the excellent work of ASFP members

The five awards were presented by Charlotte Hawkins, presenter of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, to companies and individuals judged to have contributed to the advancement of awareness, quality and education within the passive fire protection sector.

The ASFP CEO, Niall Rowan, 2019 commented on the hugely successful year the association has had during 2019. “The ASFP Level 2 and Level 3 Passive Fire Protection training programmes have proved to be extremely popular and we have now put close to 300 people through the course, with most of these going on to sit the associated Institution of Fire Engineers exams to obtain these Ofqual-recognised qualifications. We are pleased to recognise their success through our new Academic Achievement Award, which rewards those who attained the highest scores in these exams”.

The Passive Fire Protection Innovation of the Year

The Passive Fire Protection Innovation of the Year is awarded to a manufacturer, producer or service provided who has provided a new passive fire product or service. Consideration has been given as to the novel nature of the product or service, along with its impact and availability.

The winner of ASFP Passive Fire Protection Innovation of the Year

R Lewis & Co Ltd for their product, Deflection Head Repair Detail. The judges noted the products ability to directly address an industry problem that is currently spreading across the country and further.

The shortlisted companies for 2019 were:

R Lewis & Co Ltd for their product Deflection Head Repair Detail. R Lewis & Co Ltd developed, tested and have extensively installed the deflection head repair detail across many projects this past year.

Sherwin Williams for their product, FIRETEX FX6002. The product offers a new chemistry that changes the paradigm of PFPF materials in design, fabrication, installation and life cycle phases of a project.

The Best Installation Project of the Year

The Best Installation Project of the Year is awarded to the most impressive passive fire protection installation. Consideration is given to the size and scope of the installation including how technically ambitious the project is. Other factors included are the difficulties encountered such as site conditions, restrictions and time constraints.

The winner of ASFP Best Installation Project of the Year 

Sharpfibre Ltd for their work on the Newfoundland building in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf. The judges were impressed with how the project showed initiative in finding a solution to a problem on a live project using a very cost-effective solution.

The shortlisted companies for 2019 were:

CLC Contractors Ltd – The project for Southampton City Council presented a large scale project with many blocks of high-rise flats addressing both active and passive measures in a holistic way as required by the client.

Coopers Fire – One Creechurch Place, London was designed by Sheppard Robson one of the UK’s leading architects. The fire curtain, manufactured by Coppers Fire, was specified by Sheppard Robson to be used around a central, spiral staircase.

R Lewis & Co Ltd – The project on the UWE Frenchay Campus is a large multidisciplinary project which is outside of the capability of many contractors. R Lewis had a wide range of capabilities including fire engineering meaning they could develop solutions which better served the clients needs and provided fire safety.

Sharpfibre Ltd – The Newfoundland building is a very tall and prestigious building in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf. The project presented a sequencing issue which meant structural fire protection was open to the elements for almost two years.

ASFP Academic Achievement Awards

The ASFP Academic Achievement Awards are presented to the candidates who have achieved the highest pass rate at both Level 2 and Level 3 in the previous 12 month period. The awards were presented to the winning candidates from the October 2018 and Match 2019 examinations.

The winner of the Level 2 Examination 

Duncan Brickhill from BM TRADA 


The winner’s of the Level 3 Examination 

Sem Kneeshaw from Fire Delay Contractors Ltd 

James McClavy from Saint-Gobain Isover

ASFP Member Contribution Award

The Members Contribution Award is awarded to the ASFP member who has made the most significant contribution to the Association by participating in events, speaking at seminar and events of behalf of the organisation, attendance and contribution at meetings and promoting the aims of the ASFP.

The winner of the ASFP Member Contribution Award

Aidan O’Connor from Health Services Executive

Aidan O’Connor has show determination to achieve excellence in Passive Fire Protection and Fire Safety for sub-contractors in all hospitals and medical facilities in Ireland. Aidan is trying to bring government that only ASFP members/third party certificated sub contractors are used in all government projects.

ASFP Passive Fire Protection Advocate of the Year

The Passive Fire Protection Advocate of the Year has been awarded to a person who has highlighted the benefits of Passive Fire Protection to customers and other stakeholders. They promote early consideration of passive fire protection needs in all projects, promote best practice in line with ASFP publications.

The winner of the ASFP Passive Fire Protection Advocate of the Year

Neville Tomblin from Southampton City Council 

Neville has demonstrated outstanding professionalism in all that they undertake, especially surrounding Passive Fire Safety. He has worked tirelessly to contribute to their job role as Fire Safety Programme Manager in a distinctive and creative way to offer improved services to those residents to provide a safer existence.