The client

ENGIE is a leading energy and services group employing 17,000 people in the UK across three main activities, services, energy solutions and energy infrastructure.

The company is a leading provider of transformational services designed to improve the performance and efficiency of building, industry, infrastructure and cities.

At over 14,000 customer sites, across the public, private and healthcare sectors, ENGIE teams work closely with customers to provide integrated solutions by utilising their strengths in technical services, facilities management and business processes, often combining these with its energy expertise.

The work

Following a competitive tendering exercise, Eton Environmental Group was appointed by ENGIE to carry out a range of fire risk assessments on buildings in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. These buildings included children’s centres, nursing homes and churches.

During the surveys, we examined existing fire safety records and policies, reviewed staff fire safety training history and carried out tests on fire alarms and emergency lighting.

We undertook visual inspections of the buildings, identifying possible fire hazards, reviewing fire escape routes and looking closely at potential sources of ignition, such as fuel sources.

In addition to these assessments, we were also asked to undertake fire door and building compartmentation inspections at the Grade 1 Listed Wakefield Town Hall and several other listed buildings in the town.

These surveys involved looking at existing fire doors to see if they were working properly but also to identify if they were located in the correct place. The compartmentation inspections involved looking at how buildings are sub-divided to restrict the spread of fire.

We have so far carried out assessments of 30 buildings in phase one of the project and will be undertaking stage 2 during 2018.

The client’s view

Graham Pawson, ENGIE SHEQ Advisor, said:

“We wanted a company with a proven track record of being able to carry out comprehensive, quality risk assessments to time and Eton Environmental Group fit this bill.

“They are responsive, very proactive and always willing to go that extra mile; I can’t recommend them highly enough.”