Situated in the heart of London Bridge and standing at 310 metres tall, The Shard is arguably London’s most iconic building. The Shard has 72 habitable floors, with highlights including a Shangri-La hotel as well as London’s highest public viewing gallery.
CLM Fireproofing played a critical role in The Shard’s fire protection. More specifically, we supplied fire stopping for all of the service penetrations throughout the building. ‘Service penetrations’ refers to how cables, wires, and other services can potentially compromise any compartmentation – a key part of any passive fire protection system.
To ensure the highest level of protection, all service penetrations must be audited and firestopped where appropriate. There are multiple important factors to consider when fire stopping service penetrations:
- The location of the service penetration, e.g. in a wall or floor
- Whether the wall or floor is load-bearing
- Does the penetration need to be smoke and gas tight?
- Does the seal need to be flexible to accommodate movement?
Each potential breach was thoroughly reviewed, with the most intricate of details accounted for. Following this review, our team swiftly rectified all identified service penetrations. Residents and business owners alike can now be assured that this landmark building is 100% compliant with the latest fire safety regulations.
As well as this, with The Shard being the height that it is we had to account for a certain amount of deflection allowance. To mitigate any impact on our fire stopping, we engaged with the building’s design team at the beginning of the project. We think this shows our ability to quickly solve problems at the start of any project.