Student accommodation often houses multiple students at one time, with different students moving in and out every year to line up with their studying. The halls of student accommodation typically consist of high-rise blocks, being around 6 storeys high, which are covered by fire safety regulations.
As a provider of accommodation for students, it is vital to meet the appropriate building regulations in regard to fire safety. There are many instances in which a fire can start, especially when housing a high volume of people.
Candles, cooking appliances, incense and electrical goods are used excessively by students, and increase the chances of a fire starting in the premises. With effective fire suppression installed into the student halls, this will prevent the spreading of any fires in the property and will keep the residents safe.
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18.104.22.168 Multi-Basement Buildings
For dwellings with multiple floors below ground level, a protected stairway, and an AWFSS, 9m meters should not be exceeded for from the foot of the protected stair to any habitable room
6.4 (b) Dwelling Houses with one or more storey greater than 7.5m in height (4 storeys)
A second, separate protected stairwell is not required if AWFSS is fitted throughout.
9.1 (d) Internal Planning of Flats and Maisonettes
Flats or maisonettes with an open plan arrangement and more than one floor should have a protected stairway and AWFSS fitted. This allows escape to the shared external entrance.
9.7 Open Plan Layouts
Open planned flats are permissible with a fully fitted AWFSS
9.3 (b) Provision of inner rooms in flats not more than 4.5m in height
Inner rooms are not suggested unless the use of an AWFSS is utilised throughout the entire building, along with a grade D LD1 Fire detections and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.
9.4.2 (a) Extended travel distances within an open-plan flat
Flats more than 4.5m above ground level that are entered on the same level can increase total travel distances to the entrances from 9m to 20m with the use of AWFSS throughout the entire building, along with a LD1 fire detection and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.
11.1 Flats where occupants are not capable of independent evacuation
It is possible to use provisions o an AWFSS where the use of the building is required for people not capable of independent evacuation (excluding common corridors and stairways). It is further possible to protect common areas (excluding common corridors and stairways) using provisions of an AWFSS where the use of the building is required for people not capable of independent evacuation.