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Modern contemporary loft conversion made easy with Automist

Project manager: Ash Island Lofts

Property type: 3 storey residential

Property location: W14

Open Plan rooms: Loft

Size of open plan space: Up to 250 sq ft

The brief

Ash Island Lofts converted the loft in a mid-terrace property in W14, transforming it from a storage space to a habitable and luxury living space, adding multiple windows and spot lighting to encourage a spacious, bright and airy feel.

The limitations

Due to the property altering from a two storey to a three storey building it needed to comply with ADB and building control regulations which state that three storey homes must have a protected escape route from the top storey through to a ground floor exit.

The solution

With the installation of a four-nozzle fixed system wall head specifically positioned to be able to target the entire bedroom including the stairs, a safe escape route is ensured from the loft space down to the second storey, where other fire suppression solutions are in place i.e fire doors. As Automist is a retrofittable product the costs and disruption of install were minimal in comparison to that of a traditional fire sprinkler system. This meant that the budget was able to be focussed on the aesthetics of the conversion as opposed to the safety compliance. With Blue Light installing the LABC Registered Automist Fixed Wall Head (EW171) the newly converted open-plan loft was signed off by building control.

Potential benefits of using

James Dyson said of the device, after it won the James Dyson Award in 2009: "This simple but clever device should become a permanent safety feature in the home. Smoke alarms are an essential part of modern life but have remained fundamentally unchanged for forty years. Automist not only detects a fire but can put it out as well.
James Dyson