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Astor College Fire Improvement Works

Constructed in 1974 from a lightweight steel post and lattice beam system with single glazed curtain walling and cavity walls, the main college buildings had been heavily altered and had lost much of the original fire separation and protection.

Conker carried out a survey of the building internally and externally, reporting on the condition of the roof coverings, fire protection, cladding and rainwater systems.

Funding was won for the fire protection works, which included new protected corridors, new fire resistant partitions where walls had been removed, new fire doors, fire stopping and compartmentation, new access ramps, and overhauling existing Crittal escape doors.

Works were carried out by Walkers Construction.

The contract was complicated by a national shortage of fire doors following the Grenfell disaster, coupled with a shortage of skilled labour during the typically busy summer holiday period.