Bilco Smoke Vents Installed at Prestigious Chelsea Bridge Development
Bilco has supplied smoke vents for all
phases of a prestigious high-rise
housing development on the banks of
the River Thames.
For phase 4 - the latest development,
Bilco has supplied 12 REM automatic
smoke vents serving both the stairwells
and the smoke shafts. Seven of these
are single leaf vents each equipped with
two 24V DC linear actuators that
ensure positive, controlled operation.
The other five are double leaf smoke
vents that utilise four actuators and
were specially made to meet the client’s
specific size requirement and aid
firefighters in bringing a blaze under
control by removing smoke, heat and
gases from a burning building.
Three Bilco Bil-Guard Hatch Rail
Systems were also supplied. These
provide a permanent means of fall
protection for hatch openings as well as
aiding access on and off the roof, and
are easily installed.
Bilco worked closely with contractors
Bovis Lend Lease and sub-contractors
Lakesmere Ltd to ensure the developer
received products suited to its needs.
Simon Shand-Brown, Bilco’s UK Sales
& Marketing Manager, said: “95% of all
fire related deaths result from smoke
inhalation so it is vitally important for
new buildings to have installed modern,
reliable smoke vents. Bilco smoke
vents were wired directly into the
building management’s fire alarm
system and are activated by smoke
A major advantage of the REM
automatic smoke vent is that if the
system is triggered it can be reset
remotely simply by flicking a switch.
There is no need to physically climb on
to the roof and close the vent manually.
Bilco smoke vents also act as a
convenient way to get onto the roof and
maintain equipment such as heating and
ventilation systems and any other
services that may be located there.
Steve Hill, Project Manager at
Lakesmere Ltd, said: “As with all Bilco
units, these were delivered to the site
complete and ready to install. Fixing
was a speedy process requiring no
special fasteners, tools or skills and the
Bil-Clip flash system aided rapid