In E-Bulletin 39

OFR protects Scottish Castle

A team of fire engineering specialists from OFR Consultants have helped to deliver a fairy-tale ending for a stunning heritage property in Ayrshire. The new Endeavour Penthouse Apartment at the Category B listed 5-star Glenapp Castle Hotel was completed last month following an extensive £2m refurbishment and is now open to guests.

OFR Consultants were brought in by Truestone Glenapp Ltd to advise on the complex project that had faced building control challenges. The project required an extensive and detailed fire safety strategy for the third-floor suite refurbishment, as well as a retrospective fire strategy for the rest of the historic building. OFR delivered a full fire strategy for the building which will support ongoing fire safety management for the whole hotel.

Providing support from initial concept to detailed design and through the construction phase, including several site inspections and associated reports, the team contributed significantly to the project. They were also involved in checking and reviewing detailed design information such as suppression drawings and design information, fire detection and alarm drawings, passive fire protection around historic cast-iron structural elements and positive pressurisation system drawings.

The OFR team was proud to have been involved in the exciting process of upgrading this really unique building – and delighted to be able to bring their technical expertise to ensure that this beautiful listed, historic property has achieved the required fire safety requirements whilst also following the important Historic Environment Scotland fire safety guidance.