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Concertina fire curtains allow for uninterrupted views for Bitzer

Concertina fire curtains allow for uninterrupted views for Bitzer

Bitzer are a world renowned German company in the technology of refrigeration and air conditioning. Architects designed a three-sided FireMaster Open Concertina fire curtain from Coopers Fire on multiple floors to offer the level of fire protection Bitzer required.

The architects favoured the design of the FireMaster Concertina given the ‘no guide rails’ feature, meaning the atria area remained open plan with no obtrusive side guides, like those found on traditional vertical fire curtains.

The seventeen-storey building was divided up so that two floors were connected with a staircase within the atria on the outer edge of the building. The feature staircase bridges the two floors and to avoid a lobby or doors at the top and or bottom of the staircase, the architects needed to provide a fire curtain solution around the atrium over every other level.

There was a total of eight FireMaster Concertina fire curtains installed with one curtain on floors 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15. Seven curtains were three sided and U shaped with the remaining curtain being a two sided L shaped Concertina. To accommodate the 3 metre drop and the limited ceiling space for the headbox, Coopers Fire designed and engineered a unique headbox. The majority of the curtains were a total of 22 metres long with a 3 metre drop.

Key benefits include:

• No posts or guides make a perfect solution for open plan designs
• Bespoke Engineering and Project Management
• Independent Third Party Certification for both Product Testing and Installation
• Manufactured by Coopers Fire in the UK under BS EN ISO 9001 and 14001 systems

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