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Fire Protection thanked for work on Terminal 5

A UK based fire resistant ductwork specialist has been thanked for its efforts to improve safety at Heathrow’s new Terminal 5.

Fire Protection Limited – based in Harlow – developed a ‘bespoke’ access panel door to ensure secure access to the kitchen extract ductwork system at high risk retail outlets and restaurants.

Airport operator BAA’s extremely high safety standards meant the company had to develop a special key operated door to make sure the ducting can only be accessed by accredited personnel and also met fire regulations.

Graham Franks, from BAA, said: “Our fear was the ductwork access panel doors presented a potential risk to our outlets. Access is essential for cleaning the ductwork, but our concern was the doors can be removed by anyone and left off, which would make the system vulnerable.

“Fire Protection’s new door is hinged, so it cannot be removed, and is lockable, which means that only authorised key holders can open it for cleaning purposes.

“This has minimised the risk and reassured the restaurants that their facilities, staff and customers are safe in BAA’s hands.”

The doors fit in with Fire Protection’s Flamebar BW11 fire resistant ductwork which supplies the kitchen extract systems throughout the airport and also offers the smoke extract services for the building and escape route corridors.

The ductwork and doors are now included in the airport’s standards documents.