Firespec provided passive fire protection consultancy and inspection services at this new 72 bedroom bespoke Adult and Older Persons Mental Health Facility.  The building was constructed at a cost of £37million on behalf of Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.  The very specific building use demanded some unique construction methods, especially within the routing of mechanical and electrical services throughout the patient accommodation wings, which in turn crated the requirement for some carefully planned fire stopping procedures. High-volume service penetrations through fire compartment walls within the administrative areas required thorough inspection to ensure good standards of installation were being maintained. The elements of intumescent painted structural steel were thoroughly tested for the correct coating depths.