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ASFP unveils shortlisted finalists for 2021 Passive Fire Protection Awards

14 November 2021

THE ASSOCIATION for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has announced the shortlist for its 2021 Passive Fire Protection Awards, with the winners due to be announced on Friday 26 November at the Association’s Awards Luncheon to be held at The Edwardian Hotel in Manchester. The event will be compered by broadcaster, naturalist and marine biologist Monty Hall.

The 2021 Passive Fire Protection Awards will see accolades presented in eight separate categories, each of them recognising excellence within the passive fire protection industry. Company and individual levels will be represented.

Three companies have been shortlisted for the ASFP’s Installation of the Year Award. CLM is shortlisted for the C-19 Mega Lab. Having provided compliant, high-quality fire protection throughout this COVID-19 Laboratory in Leamington Spa, CLM has ensured that the important work being conducted in the Mega Lab is safeguarded and can continue uninterrupted.

Coopers Fire is shortlisted for the Monash Chancellery University project. The installation of a large, bespoke-engineered fire curtain illustrates the close working partnership and capabilities of both Coopers Fire and Greene Fire in providing a passive fire safety solution for what is undoubtedly a unique and complex building.

Optimum Firestopping is shortlisted for the Grange University Hospital scheme. As one of the largest passive fire protection projects in the South West and Wales, this project presented many design challenges that were resolved with innovative solutions. It demonstrates that a positive collaboration of design, client, supplier and installation professionals can be achieved.

Innovation of the Year Award

The ASFP’s Passive Fire Protection Innovation of the Year Award shortlist includes Siderise, Global and Interact.

Siderise is shortlisted this year for the Masonry Envelope PFP solutions. This new suite of passive fire protection products for masonry facades has been engineered to meet the specific construction challenges of brickwork facades. The range includes the External Wall and enhanced External Wall Intumescent systems in addition to the Siderise BB Balcony Bracket.

Global is shortlisted for its Independent Scrutineer Service. Global’s Fire Scrutineer service monitors fire safety at the three ‘Gateways’ of construction: design, construction and pre-occupation. At each stage, Global provides desktop analysis and site visits to ensure that all design and actual build details are compliant and installed correctly. Evidential and auditable records are provided for the O&M manuals.

Interact’s Easy-Over system is a seamless extruded, cast epoxy intumescent for the fire protection of small diameter bars. It delivers integrity by way of specific fire testing, reliability and a high quality decorative finish. The Easy-Over is largely a ‘one thickness-fits-all’ system designed to afford up to two hours of fire protection.

Training and Development of the Year Award

The ASFP’s Training and Development of the Year Award is a new accolade that recognises an individual or organisation demonstrating training and development activities which have broadened knowledge and understanding within the sector.

In 2021, the shortlist includes Alec Purdie of Quelfire, Neville White of Encon Insulation and the team at Neo Property Solutions.

The remaining ASFP Awards recognise individual accomplishments and include the Individual Rising Star of the Year Award (a new accolade recognising the achievements of a new entrant to the industry who has shown exceptional potential and strives to achieve success), the Lifetime Contribution Award (for an individual who has demonstrated exceptional practice and contributed to the industry over a significant period of time) and the Advocate of the Year Award. The latter is bestowed upon a non-member of the ASFP who has worked diligently to raise awareness of, educate on and promote the quality of passive fire protection.

The ASFP’s Academic Achievement Awards for 2020 will also be presented to Simon Ince of UL who achieved the highest grade in the Institution of Fire Engineers Level 2 examination, and Cathie Wilson of RLB who achieved the highest grade in the Level 3 examination.

High standard of entries

ASFP CEO Steve Davies has offered his congratulations to all of the shortlisted individuals and companies. Davies observed: “The ASFP’s Passive Fire Protection Awards aim to highlight excellence in passive fire protection and reward those who contribute to the advancement of the sector. I would like to congratulate all those who have been shortlisted in 2021. Every entry was of a very high standard, while the variety of entries serves to demonstrate the excellent work, expertise, professionalism and commitment of our members.”

Davies added: “After the challenges we’ve all faced throughout the pandemic, we are delighted to finally be able to invite our members and guests to gather together and celebrate the sector’s achievements. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Manchester.”

*For further information on the ASFP and for general advice on Best Practice in passive fire protection visit www.asfp.org.uk