New framework for fire safety experts open for registration

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The Fire Safety (FS2) framework from LHC is now open for registrations of interest until summer 2023. The framework includes provision for new or replacement passive and active fire protection measures for existing and new domestic and non-domestic buildings, as well as consultancy and cladding.

FS2 is available to use by all public sector bodies across England, Scotland and Wales and expands on services previously offered in LHC’s FS1 framework.

FS2 includes a range of fire-related services such as: fire safety consultancy; fire risk assessments; fire safety inspections; passive fire protection installation, servicing, and maintenance; fire alarm installation testing, servicing, and maintenance; fire suppression system installation, servicing, and maintenance; waking watch services; and cladding remediation and replacement. 

It also includes a provision to replace, repair and maintain fire doors, shutters and associated equipment, install signage to meet the building’s fire strategy, and maintain and install carbon monoxide, heat and smoke detectors. Suppliers can also act as principal contractor for active fire protection and passive prevention.

Availability of regional suppliers

Dean Fazackerley, Head of Technical Procurement at LHC, explained that the framework was developed to provide the market to engage with a wider array of regional suppliers: “Fire safety has never been higher on the agenda with post-Grenfell regulations recently coming into force. It’s more important than ever for local authorities and social housing providers to carefully consider the preparedness of buildings in the event of a fire.   

“We developed the FS2 framework in collaboration with the marketplace to provide more opportunities to work with a wider variety of suppliers, especially SMEs. Our public sector clients told us they want more availability of regional suppliers – and FS2 directly answers that demand.

“It’s also important we provide a comprehensive range of fire safety services for the public sector to access, especially as many fire safety suppliers offer both passive and active services from detection to spread prevention. It was a logical step to include both under one framework, because these work hand in hand in buildings to prevent, detect, alert, and even suppress a fire that has already started.”

LHC said it worked closely with public sector organisations to develop values-based frameworks offering more opportunities for regional suppliers. To find out more about FS2, register interest, and register for the pre-tender engagement webinar being hosted by LHC on 7 March, visit LHC Group’s In-Tend Portal.

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