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Consultancy and Insurance Support
As forecast, we have had a busy start to the year which began with confirmation that the company had been awarded a three-year contract to provide fire and security consultancy services for the National Library of Wales. The design of a full watermist fire suppression system for a bookstack is under way and we are assisting in verification of this innovative approach to fire protection, the first in a major UK cultural resources facility.

Work proceeds on the design of a new fire pump house and other minor upgrades to the sprinkler system at Duff House. We have taken the opportunity to recommend to our clients, Historic Environment Scotland to take the opportunity of a full system isolation and outage to undertake a 25-year review of the system, including removal and testing of sprinkler heads and pipe sections. It is believed that this will be the first time which a sprinkler system in a heritage building had undergone this vital series of checks.

We undertook a review of fire detection and Lichfield Cathedral and will be updating the fire risk assessment for Bristol Cathedral during the summer. We also undertook an assessment of the respective merits of watermist and wet chemical as agents for the fire protection of commercial kitchen ranges and exhaust systems.

We continue to advise on the safety of the construction of the US$8 billion new King Abdulaziz International Airport at Jeddah which has now started testing and commissioning for opening in October 2018. In May, we also assisted the insurers of the construction of Line 3 of the US$22.5 bn. Riyadh Metro system by undertaking a very satisfactory survey visit.

We are currently planning a further visit to the Middle East to review new projects in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and a final visit to the Al Dar Project in Astana.

Expert Witness Work
We have presently instructed in three interesting cases:

We are also expecting an instruction in respect of an arbitration or possible judicial review over the contractual requirements for a fire suppression system in a major heritage building.

Training
We still offer, through BIFM, a two-day risk management and business continuity course which forms a key part of the Level 5 qualifications for facilities' managers.

In May, we were delighted to be invited to return to Tajikistan to deliver two days of fire and business continuity training for Pamir Energy.

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