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Range of passive fire protection products used at Kilworth House Hotel.

The main Kilworth House was built in 1888 as an elegant residence for the local High Sheriff, and it remained in private ownership for many years, until it was purchased by its present owners. The new owners have added bars, restaurants, health and beauty treatment rooms, and they have restored this property into a luxury hotel with forty-one bedrooms and ten conference rooms, set in thirty-eight acres of attractive, undulating south Leicestershire parkland. In addition to the luxury of the hotel, Kilworth House also has its very own theatre in the orange grove area, offering guests candlelit performances. The architects, Corporate Architecture of Leicester, had a brief from the owners to restore the original building and provide additional accommodation to strict Victorian values, as well as conforming to current building regulations. Envirograf® passive fire prevention products were chosen for fireproof upgrades to much of the ornate ceiling work, doors, and wooden features. On the first floor, a large opening was flanked by columns and required protection against fire. This problem was easily solved with an Envirograf® Product 90 fire and smoke motorised drop curtain, activated by the fire alarm system.

Many hotel doors were original period doors, so care had to be taken to ensure retention of their original character and beauty, whilst conforming to fire regulations. For the white doors, Envirograf® Product 38 intumescent membrane paper and Product 42 (HW01) white coating was used. For other wood products, use Product 42 (HW02) clear coating for one hour protection or Product 92 (ES/VFR) for Class 0 / 1 spread of flame.

The fire and smoke protection curtain installed in the first floor of the hotel is a motorised version of Envirograf® Product 90, which will drop in a fire to provide sturdy protection against the fire whilst also offering a safe escape route for hotel guests and staff. The picture above right shows how the curtain was carefully concealed into the recesses of the surrounding walls, rendering it virtually invisible to the hotel guests.

The hotel’s decorative lath-and-plaster ceilings shown above have been upgraded with Envirograf® Product 105 (EP/CP) coating which offers one hour of fire resistance to the ceiling. The coating can be easily applied by brush or roller and can be coloured to BS or RAL colours or to match the English Heritage colours. Envirograf® Product 84 (fireproof paper) has been used to upgrade some of the existing ceilings.

Products used

Intumescent material and panelled door upgrade kitsIntumescent Paint for Wood (HW System)Fireproof Paper for upgrading lath-and-plaster ceilings and wallsFire and smoke drop curtain (Auto/Manual Reset)Fire Retardant Coating for Timber (ESVFR & QVFR)Fire resistant coating for lath-and-plaster ceilings (EPCP)

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