In 2021, Sykes secured a contract to complete fire door inspections for the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, RCOA contacted Sykes with an interest in procuring fire door maintenance services, utilising the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) framework agreement. We were poised to agree contract particulars when the pandemic struck, and they took the commercial decision to put the contract on hold. In late-2021, they approached us again to resume discussions following a London Fire Brigade audit.

The contract covers their Churchill House base and a residential property with circa 50 doors, both in Bloomsbury within a mile of our own head office. The works include a fire door survey, review of fire strategy and review of fire risk assessments. We also provided a quotation to rectify defects, and this was also duly carried out.

All surveys were captured on the Bolster surveying application. Works instructed following this included installing fire rated access doors to all gas meter cupboards. We completed full remedial repairs to the residential building comprising of 49 doors across, stairwells, dwelling entrances, and internal dwelling doors. The works comprised of re-lipping and installing new intumescent smoke seals, replacing non-fire rated concealed door closers with new fire rated concealed closers and completing works in line with BM TRADA ARTs and recording the works accordingly.

This was completed on time and in budget with Phase 2 anticipated to follow Autumn 2022. Phase 2 will be 20 doors leading onto lift lobbies and stairwells as a prioritising exercise.

We have all the data of surveys and remedial works held on the Bolster surveying system and offer a flexible approach in being able to work with the client. The client has expressed great satisfaction and appreciation of our works and continues to remain in dialogue for future works.

Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the UK. It sets standards in anaesthesia, critical care, pain management, and for the training of anaesthetists, physicians’ assistants, and practising critical care physicians