Begun in 2000 by founder and CEO Darren Carter, LAC Services Ltd is the leading company in East Anglia for fire prevention and protection. Our ethos is simple outstanding customer service - people's safety first.
Fire assessments and surveys can be undertaken and, where there may be remedial work or even actions outstanding from a previous assessment, these can also be carried out by our industry professionals to the highest of regulated standards. Our bespoke services are available throughout the UK to housing associations, management companies, councils and landlords to guarantee the safety of the people that live and work in your buildings.
We are a member of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce which is highly active and requires its members to adhere to high standards of conduct. The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Bury St Edmunds is part of the largest independent private sector forum serving business community both in the town and surrounding area.
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pASSIVE Fire Stopping
Seen above are two pairs of fitted access doors surrounded by neat fire stopping penertrations clearly labelled. The following examples may also be of interest.
To the right can be seen a typical situation where fire stopping is required. Although innocent in appearance, pipes lagged in flammable material sit on wooden and brick supports, with a gap above clearly visible. In the event of fire, it can freely pass from one void to another if this is not remedied.
The same void after fire stopping showing the area has been sealed appropriately to meet safety standards. It has also been labbelled, dated and identified within the overall fire protection measures.
As part of earlier electrcial works, a large hole has been cut through a wall to provide access for service cables. Subsequently, the hole had not been sealed, meaning there was nothing to prevent a risk of a fire spreading. As can be seen in the lower half of the picture, the hole has been correctly filled using ribbed fire batt and then sealed neatly with intumescent mastic sealant. The work is suitably identified and certified as a fire stop by the application of a clearly printed and dated warning label.
Here is a typical example of an earlier firestopping attempt that is not compliant. The gap from the side of the door frame to the brick wall has been filled with an expanding foam that is flammable and not fire-safe or compliant. Expandable filler has often been used as a quick measure to seal openings, but offers inhabitants no protection at all and should be removed and reworked properly .
Here is a larger example of non fire-resistant foam being used to seal a number of service pipes passing through a wall. The pink foam was stripped out and replaced with compliantfire-resistant material, overlayed with protective fire plates cut to profile. The result can be seen in the right half of the picture. We were able to evidence that other areas did have fire stopping carried out to the approved standards, requiring no remedial action.
Fire Door Examples
Seen above are two 60 minute pre-hung and fully certified steel double door sets inside a car park where the doors are likely to get damp and are therefore a more suitable choice than timber to prevent rotting. As these doors were pre-hung by a certified manufacturer, all components and certification is pre-issued and then when installed the frame to wall linear gaps are suitably sealed with a Certifire approved mineral wool and intumescent mastic to provide minimum 60 minutes protection.
Here you can see two new timber FD30-S ply flush fire door sets fitted to residential housing apartments. The door sets fitted are fitted alongside Certifire fire test certification and instructions, including all of the correct ironmongery tested in accordance with the test reports to ensure that full installation compliance is met. These doors consist of: Certifire approved overhead closers CE marked tested to BS-EN1154; Certifire approved mortice lock and handle with thumb turn to allow a quick exit from inside if required; 3x Certifire approved hinges tested to BS-EN1935; Certifire approved cold intumescent smoke seals suitable for doors tested to BS476-Part 22; Correct tested and approved size intumescent spy hole. The door to frame/threshold gaps do not exceed 4mm as the door requires smoke protection as well as fire protection, therefore no smoke or fire will escape before the 30 minutes required protection. Frame to wall linear gaps are suitably sealed with a Certifire approved intumescent mastic to provide minimum 30 minutes protection and then architraves are fixed over to provide an aesthetically pleasing finish when the doors are painted.
Where there is a requirement for a more sympathetic fire prevention solution - typically but not exclusively in older properties, we are able to offer bespoke solutions. Fire doors must be manufactured to exacting standards and only by accredited manufacturers. We endeavour to smoothly meet any specific requirements while advising and ensuring resulting compliance for inspection and sign off. Seen right are a pair of matching three glass panel doors, one with frosted glazing. The door sets fitted are fitted alongside Certifire fire test certification and instructions, including all of the correct ironmongery tested in accordance with the test reports to ensure that full installation compliance is met. These doors consist of: Certifire approved overhead closers CE marked tested to BS-EN1154; 3x Certifire approved hinges tested to BS-EN1935 Certifire approved cold intumescent smoke seals suitable for doors tested to BS476-Part 22; The door to frame/threshold gaps do not exceed 4mm as the door requires smoke protection as well as fire protection due to protecting escape route corridors, therefore no smoke or fire will escape before the 30 minutes required protection. Frame to wall linear gaps are suitably sealed with a Certifire approved intumescent mastic to provide minimum 30 minutes protection and then architraves are fixed over and painted/glossed with a choice of colour by the client
Some extremely bespoke fire doors need to be manufactured within joinery workshops. Although full certification may not always be achievable due to lack of test evidence, this door has been manufactured from a solid hardwood to a nominal 44mm depth & fitted with all components to comply to BS-EN 8214 in accordance with BS476-22 to achieve 30minutes fire/smoke protection. This door is leading to a communal lounge and consists of: Certifire approved overhead closer CE marked tested to BS-EN1154; 3x Certifire approved hinges tested to BS-EN1935 Certifire approved cold intumescent smoke seals suitable for doors tested to BS476-Part 22; Push/pull plate; The door to frame/threshold gaps do not exceed 4mm as the door requires smoke protection as well as fire protection due to protecting escape route corridors, therefore no smoke or fire will escape before the 30 minutes required protection. Frame to wall linear gaps are suitably sealed with a Certifire approved intumescent mastic to provide minimum 30 minutes protection & then architraves are fixed over and painted/glossed with a choice of colour by the client.
Fire Door Maintenance
Fire doors are regulated to be regularly checked and maintained as per the building’s fire strategy and risk assessment requirements. Due to the frequent use of fire doors, they frequently require maintenance to ensure their components and original installation is compliant and will perform correctly in the event of a fire.
This doesn’t necessarily indicate that the doors need to always be fully replaced. If the ironmongery on a door is worn, failing or incorrect, or perhaps there may be gaps under your doors, all of these issues can be recitifed with sensible maintenance work.
To the right you can see at the top a door has been re-lipped at the bottom so as to close the threshold gap to meet the required regulatory size.
In the centre can be seen replacement regulation standard ironmongery
At the bottom you can see a replacement fire door closer which has been renewed to ensure compliant operation.
Fire Door Surveys
For existing installations, we conduct thorough surveys which include a full specification for works required to each door. Each doorset is reported on individually, with photographs and an assessment of every component within the assembly. Our reports include building floorplans and pins and are provided in both digitial - updated as the works are completed - and final hard copy for permanent reference.
The detail included in our inspection regime can be seen from the sample summary report shown below.
Fire Curtain Hanging
Seen above are a series of green fire-wraps fitted to vulnerable points in the structure of a wooden roof. The following examples may also be of interest.
Here you can see a typical roof section within a larger complex. The roof structure is shallow but the flammable nature of its construction clearly renders the whole structre vulnerable to fire.
In such circumstances, fire compartmention is required to contain any outbreak of fire to individual sections of the building.
The process of hanging fire curtains requires precision in ensuring all risk points are covered. As a preferred installer of FireFly non-rigid passive fire barriers, we are able to advise, install and certify such protection.
As can be seen left, compartmention is achieved leaving a cventral access corridor, with any exposed areas sealed with green penetration wraps to prevent fire ingress.
Here can be seen a completed section of fire curtaining with central walkway placed on top.As can be seen, this is a full height roofing structure waith the two sections of curtaining to each side forming a complete and sealed barrier within the roofspace.
The ever present green fire wraps provide protection at each pooint of penetration, maintaining the required protection time.
Fire curtain protection is required even to the access areas of vulnerable areas. This may be a roof void or a warehousing area, stockroom or residential area.
The picture right shows the properly protected entrance to a roofing vboid , with the vertical curtains providing protective compartmentation between both areas.
Secondary to the numerous rafter penetrations, is the need to properly route pipework and cabling through each section of the protected areas. The picture left shows multiple service cables grouped and passing through a central penetration, again protected by fire wraps, to maintain certifiable compartmentation protection.
FRA Carpentry and Decor
The original meter cupboard was constructed of a flammable timber construction, therefore the more recent fire risk assessment had recommended this should be upgraded to provide a minimum of 30 minutes fire resistance due to it being a high risk area and on an escape route. Our new construction shows a double fire lined construction which has been tape/jointed as well as plastered to offer a minimum of 60 minutes protection. 60 minute air tight fire rated access panels have been fitted so the meters can still be read/maintained. The construction is then painted.
Remedial works required the panelling for this enclosure to be constructed and then refinished in appropriate intumescent paint.
As can be seen in the picture, we aim to work in a compact and tidy manner with minimal interruption.
Not to be overlooked is the requirement for internal and external signage. We can even tackle the most challenging of bushes to place signs where your fire safety plans require them!
On this escape route, there was wood chip paper hung on this wall which is, of course, flammable.
This has been removed, the wall skimmed over and is now ready to be painted in a Class 0 paint.
Here, the customer required the external cladding to be upgraded to Class O intumescent paint. We have applied a pre-primer coat, two layers of intumescent paint and a top coat of the client's choice to ensure the timber now meets the relevant fire protection.
LAC Services (East Anglia) Ltd has been awarded third-party accreditation under the following schemes for;
BM Trada Q-Mark Fire Stopping Installation
BM Trada Q-Mark Fire Door Installation
BM Trada Q-Mark Fire Stopping Maintenance
Firefly fire curtain/barrier Installation
BRE Firestopping and Compartmentation
and also CHAS accreditation.
Our operatives are all DBS checked and our staff have undertaken certified training in the following areas.
- CSCS Cards
- IoSH Health and Safety
- Asbestos Awareness
- PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association)
- Third Party Accreditation Passive Fire Installation.
We are also pleased to provide sample reports through the following links as examples of what you can expect to receive from us as part of the overall services we offer.
'YASMIN' : RESIDENT IN PROPERTY MANAGED BY MILLWOOD SERVICING LTD
"I just wanted to send a quick compliment to the staff that are currently installing new front doors in the block of flats where I live. The door fitters have been, professional, polite, friendly, clean and tidy.
They kept me informed as to when the work was going to be carried out on my property and they have kept to the schedule.
I have been working from home and the noise has not been disruptive considering the type of work they are doing and the number of flats they are working on. They have done their best to keep the noise to a minimum.
I had a very small issue with the lock that was installed being a teeny tiny bit stiff and I asked them to have a look for me. They promised they would have a look and they did this without any prompting or reminding. It would have been very easy for them to have left it and not to have taken a second look but they didn’t, they came as promised. To be honest the lock worked fine, it was just me being super delicate as it was new. They made a couple of small adjustments and now it’s perfect for me.
I am very pleased with the service and their work ethic. They are fantastic face to face representatives for the company. I hope the next team that come to do the painting of the doors are just as good.
Credit where credit is due. If you could please feed this information back to their line manager I would be very grateful. Its so easy to complain these days and not many people take the time to compliment good workers but they deserve the credit.”.
Consultant : The Fire Surgery Ltd
“I checked LAC's fire door survey - the level of the inspection is of a high standard. The conditions of the essential elements of the door, including door frame, door leaf, seals, hinges, locks and latches, closer and glazing, have been assessed and their recommendations are reasonable”.
Stephen Kilbourn : Millwood Servicing Ltd
“Thanks once again for the prompt reply, Can't get used to this level of service from a subcontractor. Its unheard of.”.
Consultant : The Fire Surgery Ltd
“O've had a look through all three fire door reports. I would say they are the most detailed reports I've ever seen for fire door inspection. Great they have included floor plans and photos so you can truly understand what they are reporting on. The alterations and improvements recommended all seem very reasonable, poarticularly as it is for sleeping accomodation. If it was an office area, you could possibly argue against the repairs to the bottom of the fire or prioritise differently, but this is for floor sleeping accomodation and I therefore support the findings and with them proceeding with the work”.
Tracy Thorne : Richard Hawkins Chartered Surveyors & Property Managers
“Darren has worked on our portfolio and has given us access to grant funds to enable us to assist our
landlords help to improve the energy efficiency on their properties”.
Neil Kellett : Jockey Club Estates
"During the last few years we have worked closely with LAC Services who completed a loft and cavity wall insulation project to all of our residential properties in Newmarket. LAC Services also provided advice and installation of fire curtains in the roof voids here at the Jockey Club. LAC Services work has always been extremely professional, carried out on time and to budget. Any request from us for changes have always been accommodated without fuss and our tenants have all been delighted with the benefits that have been brought to their homes".
Matt Curtis : Post Contract Service Manager
“LAC Fire Protection and Maintenance Limited has worked with Chalcroft Limited on several recent projects and has demonstrated a professionalism and awareness of health and safety to meet the exacting requirements of our clients. We have found LAC to be reliable and the standard of service and workmanship to be first class. I would recommend this contractor to others".
Maria Hunt : Shires Residential
“LAC is an integral part of our residential managed portfolio where we require a high standard of care and skill to maintain and improve the rented properties under management. Darren is always excellent with response time, helpful with advice and confidential with private client work”.
Darren Carter : Chief Executive Officer
Darren Carter, CEO, has been involved in passive fire protection for the last 18 years. He began as an installer and supervisor for G&A Fire Protection in 2000. From there he became a Director at Darnley Construction dealing with the passive fire protection for the company.
In 2007 he became the managing director of LAC Services and has been responsible for all passive fire undertaken by the company.
He has years of experience working in and around the construction industry all over the country. As a result, he and his company are regarded highly in all areas of passive fire protection.
Nick Power : Business Development Manager
Nick brings a proven track record as a senior operational leader within the Police to the team. Having been involved in - and been responsible for - strategy and long term direction to meet changing organisational requirements, he has focused on developing business process improvements to enhance practices both internally and externally.
He has a wealth of experience of establishing widespread networks across the public sector and managing positive relationships with stakeholders. He is experienced in partnership and joint strategies focused on achieving high quality services that deliver value for money.
Nick comments: “it was an easy decision when retiring from the Police to join Darren and LAC. I wanted to work for an ethical company who put safety at the forefront of their activities and the high standards of work without compromise with people’s safety and lives coming first affirmed my choice.”
Luke Carter : Field Sales Manager
As field sales manager, Luke works to develop relationships and ensure the best support for new and existing clients that underpins our continuing market growth.
Since successfully completing A levels, he has worked within the property sales & development industry, gaining over four years experience in an area where his high levels of service and commitment now make him an invaluable asset to our team.
LAC Services (East Anglia) Ltd
5 Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP32 7AB United Kingdom
Tel: 0808 147 6864 Mob: 0772 330 1916
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LAC Services (East Anglia) Ltd
5 Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP32 7AB United Kingdom
Tel: 0808 147 6864 Mob: 0772 330 1916