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BILCO Smoke Vent chosen to provide roof access and natural smoke ventilation to The Paintworks redevelopment project in Bristol.

The Paintworks

The Arnos Vale area of Bristol, which is known locally as “The Paintworks”, has seen a massive redevelopment project by Crest Nicholson. As an already established community, The Paintworks currently benefits from having a range of light industrial units, arts and craft galleries, a pub/restaurant, and it is only half a mile from Bristol Temple Meads train station.

Offering a range of accommodation types, from one and two bedroom apartments, to three or four bedroom houses, The Paintworks delivers spectacular living spaces including some situated riverside, and all benefitting from the Paintworks urban/warehouse type feel.

Designed by architects Scott Brownrigg, the accommodation includes a range of Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilators (NSHEVs) manufactured by BILCO. The range of over 20 vents includes standard ESW-50REM 1260mm x 1260mm CE-marked units which will also be used for roof access, in addition to a number of bespoke double leaf vents to help vent smoke and noxious gasses in the event of a fire in the building.

As with any residential building project, the safety of the properties' occupants is a major consideration. Making sure that any materials used are fully compliant and that safety is not compromised by cost cutting, is a key factor in the architect’s specification process. All of the BILCO products are manufactured to a quality standard, meeting the required Building Regulations, and are fully-tested to make them compliant with the Construction Products Regulation (2013). This means that each vent has a clearly identified CE label showing key test performance.

With such a prestigious development, the new owners will be able to rest assured that not only do the buildings look great and are in a terrific location, but also that in the event of a fire, the BILCO Smoke Vents will help keep escape routes free of smoke, and aid evacuation and allow firefighters to gain access to tackle the fire.

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