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The National Trust Installs Trusted Envirograf® Products


Set in 1800 acres of undulation Suffolk parkland is a National Trust showpiece: the successful Ickworth hotel and Apartments in Bury St Edmunds. The original east wing of the building has been completely restored and is now the basis of a thriving hotel business. Many original features in the east wing have been restored to their original state. The task of upgrading many original doors to fire-rated doors was given to Haymills of Stowmarket.

Haymills instructed their interior decorators, T & G Roberts of Ipswitch, Suffolk, that some of the original doors should be restored and used as fire doors. Consequently, T amp; G Roberts contacted Vic Lewis of Fire Prevention Products (Essex & Suffolk), who recommended Envirograf® Product 42 (HW intumescent coating system) to upgrade some of the doors. Where the depth of the panels on other doors was deemed to be too thin to use a coating system only, a combination of Envirograf® Product 38 (intumescent card) was used in conjunction with Product 42(HW01/HW02 intumescent coating system) to achieve the upgrade to fire-rated doors.

The next phase of building of building restoration has switched to the west wing. This part of the building has been completely derelict for many years and architect Sarah Tassell of Hopkins, London NW1 was briefed that the building be used as a visitor centre and restaurant. The kitchen area of the new restaurant is deemed to be the biggest fire risk, so two Envirograf® Product 90 motorised fire curtains have been installed, to act as a barrier in the event of a fire. The curtains are connected to the fire alarm system and, when activated, they will descend to form a robust fire barrier.

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