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Flats over empty commercial units

Guest Clare Smart

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Guest Clare Smart

Can anyone help me.  I've been asked by a client if they could avoid the expense of providing 60 minute fire rated boarding between their commercial units and the flats above, if the commercial units became empty?  I can't find any particular guidance around this and wonder if it just comes down to a risk assessment?

Any help would be appreciated.  Many thanks.

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It would be down to risk assessment - empty does not mean risk free (which is why vacant premises are not exempt from the Fire Safety Order).

I'd be looking at things including:


  • Removal of all combustible materials and waste
  • Isolation of gas & electricity
  • security against arson & unlawful occupancy

as part of determining if it was tolerable or not

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