Firespec have been engaged in providing regular fire stopping inspection services throughout the construction of this impressive 32-storey New Wakefield Street development in Manchester city centre.  The £37million project consists of more than 17,000m2 of accommodation space across 603 studio and cluster units for Unite Integrated Solutions.  The thirty floors of accommodation rise above a ground floor retail shell and first floor student amenity space.

Over the initial floors, Firespec were tasked with assessing various fire stopping scenarios and appraising the proposed installation methodologies.  Despite the highly repetitive nature of the service penetrations the fire stopping was hampered by extremely restricted depth of ceiling voids, the available opening dimensions and the use of CPVC sprinkler pipework.  This very particular set of circumstances demanded a series of non-standard details and engineering judgements to be produced by a number of manufacturers to develop a suite of seal types that could be relied upon to perform to the specified fire ratings.  In this case it was even more critical to ensure that the consistency of installations was maintained throughout the entirety of the scheme.