This Fire Consultancy Lot gives customers compliant access to a comprehensive list of highly qualified and experienced fire safety consultants to conduct Compartmentation Surveys, Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs), Fire Door Inspections and Asset Tagging.

Fire Risk Assessments (FRAs)

FRAs will be carried out by individuals who have demonstrated to a certification body running a UKAS accredited ‘Competent Persons’ scheme to EN ISO 17024:2012 (Personnel) that they are competent and who work for a company operating a company based ‘Competent Person’ scheme certificated against BS EN 17065:2012 by a certification body accredited by UKAS Certification).

FRA’s will include all areas of the internal and external routes and may include common areas, riser ducts, common loft spaces and ventilation shafts. This will also take into account fire alarm and detection systems, emergency lighting, fire-fighting equipment and signage of the properties in question.

Compartmentation Surveys

Compartmentation Surveys will be carried out by individuals who can demonstrate that they are competent through sufficient training and experience in undertaking the preventive and protective measures. Surveys will involve a detailed intrusive inspection (separate to an FRA) of the varying fire compartmentation elements of buildings; and preparation of a report that is designed to address the specific fire compartmentation issues, including deficiencies, the requirements to rectify in priority order and estimated costs.

Compartmentation Surveys shall include as a minimum an inspection of the following:

  • Roof Voids – inside the void and the access hatch
  • Above Ceiling Tiles (as applicable)
  • Riser Cupboards
  • All Communal Area Doors
  • As many flat doors as possible
  • Inside flats
  • Roof Void – check inside and the access hatch
  • Bathroom – soil waste pipes and vents
  • Kitchen – pipes and vents
  • Any service cupboards inside the flats as well as communal areas
  • asset-tagging of all breaches,
  • details of required remedial works (including dimensions and materials)
  • an indicative remedial works specification to address the identified actions.

Fire Door Inspections

Fire door Inspections will be carried out by individuals who have obtained official qualifications and accreditations.

Asset Tagging

Asset Tagging will be required with access for Clients via a portal or interface with their own internal IT systems.

Award Options

Flexible Direct Award

Customers are able to Direct Award to any consultant on the Lot regardless of ranking. You will not need to ask those ranked before your preferred supplier to step aside. If you’d like to speak to us about this in more detail please get in touch.

How long will this take me?
A direct award will take approximately 3-4 weeks depending on your internal approval processes. Learn more about the process here – Direct Award Process. 

Mini Competition

You’re also able to run a mini-competition to call off this framework. You’ll be able to use your own specification and cost model. You can also choose your own cost / quality split and quality questions. All pricing submitted by contractors must be linked to the framework.

How long will this take me?

Once you have your specification and cost model ready, the tender process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, depending on your internal approval processes. Learn more about the process here – Mini Tender Process. 

Accessing this Framework

Who can access this framework?

Any publically funded body can use this framework – access is not limited to SEC Members alone. Full details can be found here.

Is there a cost to access? 

There is no access fee to use this framework. A levy % dependant on whether you are a guest or member is collected directly from the contractor once a call off contract is awarded. This percentage will never be more than 1.5% for Members and 2% for Guests.

What are frameworks?

Learn more about how frameworks work and how our sector uses them.

Framework Tender

In the evaluation of bidders for this framework, a cost / quality ratio was used rather than the traditional cost / quality evaluation method. The aim of using the cost / quality ratio as the evaluation approach for this framework was to measure quality and then calculate the quality as a function of price to measure overall Value for Money (VFM). You can learn more about the cost/quality ratio and how we used it here. 

More detail on the cost and quality elements of the tender can be found below –

Next Steps

Ready to use this framework?

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