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Fire barrier curtain protecting thatch roof at Mosely’s Barn.

Charlie Brown, owner of Mosely’s Barn at Bury St Edmunds, shown in the pictures, has had the thatched building restored by local firms Baker Construction and Rees Associates (Architects). It has been revitalised into a thriving development of offices in a thatched barn. Thatched accommodation has many pleasing æsthetic values, but it can also be extremely vulnerable when fire breaks out, either accidentally or deliberately. During the refurbishment of the barn, the contractors needed to provide protection from the risk of fire in the thatched roof.

Intumescent Systems Ltd was contacted for specialist passive fire protection advice and Envirograf® Product 57 Fire Barrier Curtain (shown below) was chosen to cover the roof trusses below the thatch, in order to provide the benefits of dual protection:

(a) protection of the property below from a fire in the thatched roof and

(b) protection of the thatched roof from a fire occurring below the barrier.

An example of successful deployment of Envirograf® Product 57 fire barrier curtain in a vertical position can be seen in the lower picture, depicting a large section of the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium that was saved from damage, even though the fire took six hours to bring under control. This Envirograf® product has also been used in a variety of other applications and has been tested in accordance with BS476 Part 22 (1987) offering up to 81 minutes of integrity and 18 minutes of insulation in a fire.

Products used

FB70 Fire Barrier Curtain


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