Fire Compartmentation

Fire compartmentation is integral to structural fire protection and fire safety in properties. The purpose of fire compartmentation is to slow or stop the spread of flames and smoke, allowing for the safe evacuation of occupants and offering protection for firefighters. It’s a passive fire protection method that’s a requirement in almost all buildings.

Fire compartmentation is often built into a building’s construction, but it is possible to add extra measures to enhance fire resistance. At Adaston, we advise on new and existing measures to ensure they’re fully compliant.

Fire Compartmentation Protection

Fire compartmentation protection is a vital component of any fire strategy. It’s primarily designed to safeguard lives and guarantee the ability to escape, but it also plays a vital role in limiting the financial impact of damage in the event of a fire. It’s also mandatory for compliance with all relevant legislation and most building insurances. 

By limiting the spread of fire and smoke to a single compartment, fire compartmentation protection preserves escape routes and allows occupants to evacuate. It protects the building’s structure, ensuring its sustainability and allowing emergency services to do their job safely.

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Fire Compartmentation Services

At Adaston, all of our works in passive fire protection, including fire compartmentation, are undertaken by our in-house expert, experienced and third party accredited operatives. We conduct extensive surveys based on building regulations, the fire strategy of the building, legislation at the time of build and, where applicable, specialist guidance such as BB100 in schools and HTMs in healthcare settings. 

We have experience working across a variety of sectors, including schools and higher education, high-rise apartment blocks, hospitals and more. 

Our highly skilled team members are all IFC accredited, ensuring they work to industry-leading standards. Our fire compartmentation services cover:

  • Surveys
  • Consultancy
  • Remediation and installation 

No matter the size of the building or estate in question, Adaston can provide a bespoke plan tailored to individual client requirements, ensuring quality installation and total legislative compliance.

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Fire Inspection Reports

At Adaston, we conduct thorough fire compartmentation surveys to provide you with a detailed report compiled specifically to your bespoke requirements. Our in-depth reports typically include:

  • An executive summary of our findings and recommendations
  • Building compliance comments relating to relevant legislation and British standards
  • Photographic evidence of all non-compliant installations inspected, with comments on the issue identified
  • Specific pin locations on a detailed site drawing for each and every issue

Next steps, including for Adaston to compose a full fire stopping remediation plan

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Our Process

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Scope of works and deliverables agreed • Full fire strategy of the building provided by the client • Deadlines and timetable agreed, including any out of hours work required



Work as agreed in the scope is coordinated and performed • This will be delivered by our in house firestopping team accredited by IFC and cleared and insured



Finalise and issue our tailored report detailing findings from the scope of works • Adaston advise on next steps if required and provide continued support


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why You Need Fire Compartments

    Inadequate fire compartmentation can lead to the rapid spread of fire and smoke, increased property damage, compromised safety for occupants and emergency responders, and potential legal and financial liabilities. Therefore, fire compartmentation is crucial for:

    • Containing fires and smoke
    • Limiting property damage
    • Protecting occupants & the emergency services
    • Allowing for safe evacuation

    Find out more about why you need a fire compartmentation survey to assess whether your building’s fire compartmentation measures are suitable and effective.

  • Why is Continual Maintenance Vital?

    Without proper maintenance, elements of fire compartmentation like fire doors can become worn or damaged, which compromises its effectiveness. Therefore, fire safety should be inspected regularly as part of a building's maintenance schedule - generally every six months - to ensure fire compartmentation is effective. This should be arranged by the responsible person that is in charge of fire compartmentation maintenance, which could be the building’s owner, manager, landlord, or letting agent.

    Regular inspections will identify any maintenance issues that need attention. For example, all penetrations for pipes, cables, and ducts passing through fire-rated barriers will be checked, sealed or repaired with approved materials to prevent the passage of fire and smoke. Fire doors may require worn or damaged components like hardware, seals, and closers replaced to ensure they are in good condition and perform properly. Maintenance is an integral part of fire safety to ensure a properly functioning fire compartmentation system.

  • What does a Fire Compartmentation Survey Include?

    A full fire compartmentation survey wherein Adaston inspects each and every compartment line within a building to its full height. This includes both horizontal and vertical lines of fire compartmentation. Our surveyors inspect any penetration passing through the compartments to confirm that they are sealed with compliant materials, in line with manufacturers’ installation instructions.

    Surveys can also include a full fire door inspection - which is highly recommended - inspecting all elements of a fire door to confirm elements are compliant, free from damage, and certified. We complete both visual inspections, including but not limited to:

    • The door leaf
    • Frame
    • Ironmongery

    Following the survey, a full report is produced detailing any non-conformances and their pinpoint locations within the building. This gives the responsible person the information required to complete the essential remediation works.

  • Can Existing Buildings be Retrofitted for Improved Fire Compartmentation?

    Whether your building is brand new or hundreds of years old, if fire compartmentation wasn't installed at the time of construction, this is something you need to rectify. Fortunately, existing buildings - even listed buildings - can be retrofitted with additional fire-resistant barriers, sealing of penetrations, upgrades to doors and windows, and other measures to improve fire compartmentation. While these features are usually built into a building’s construction, Adaston are able advise, where possible, on retrofitting extra measures.

  • Why Choose Adaston for Fire Compartmentation Surveys and Installation?

    Adaston is a fully 3rd party accredited company through IFC, a UKAS accredited assessment body. This ensures that all of our projects are delivered to industry leading quality standards. What’s more, our highly experienced team have worked across a wide range of sectors including commercial, education, healthcare, and residential. Since 2016, our team of passive fire protection experts have been trusted to deliver a complete, comprehensive fire compartmentation service.