In Pursuit of Excellence – Darwen Vale High School

Darwen Vale High School is home to hundreds of pupils from the local area, all of whom work together to “achieve their own personal excellence”, making the school one of the best in the region. The school was recently refurbished to make sure it is completely up-to-date and in compliance with relevant legislation; part of this refurbishment included the installation of many doorsets around the building which were expertly designed to match existing aesthetics while providing the required level of durability for such a demanding environment.

After researching the many doorset providers, Darwen Vale High School chose to employ Bespoke Complete Services to provide the required new doorsets for installation by contractors Balfour Beatty, thanks to our impressive longstanding reputation of providing similar high-quality products to a wide range of schools, colleges, universities and academies.

The refurbishment of Darwen Vale High School was part of the Building Schools for the Future Scheme, designed to initiate change in the education system through the provision of inspirational buildings. Benefiting from this scheme, Darwen High School has been kitted out with state-of-the-art computer suites along with a range of physical improvements.

Bespoke Complete Services were extremely proud to have provided more than 250 doorsets to the refurbishment project, including FD30, FD60, NFR and >35db acoustic products. All of the doors had been manufactured with a high-pressure Formica laminate face in order to deal with the frequent usage and, in addition, hardwood lips on all four edges and full edge protectors will provide extra support. Many of the doors featured integral vision panels which, glazed with strong and durable clear glass, will meet the extremely demanding acoustic and fire performance criteria.

In total, around 325 doors were produced for this project, all of which were locally manufactured and carry the highest ‘severe duty’ quality rating. The doors were produced in a range of colours and finishes to match existing aesthetics and will provide a long, low-maintenance service life.

This project is typical of the many carried out by Bespoke Complete Services. For more information on our products and services, please contact our team on 01254 777142 or email

Fire Doors – A Lifesaving Device

Since the first fire-resisting doors were invented, they have saved thousands of lives. By preventing or delaying the spread of fire and smoke from one area to another, fire doors provide vital extra time during which the building’s occupants can be safely evacuated. Bespoke Complete Services are proud suppliers of a comprehensive range of fire doors, which have been extensively tested to ensure they easily meet all health, safety and quality specifications.

The law requires that all workplaces and public buildings in the UK must be fitted with appropriate fire safety measures, part of which includes fire doors. Legal building regulations, known as ‘approved documents’, designate a numerical fire-resistance level to each building, making sure that different factors such as sound, thermal efficiency, ventilation and accessibility are taken into account. All fire-resisting doorsets in the UK must undergo an official test (either BS 476 or BS/EN 1634) before they are deemed fit for purpose.

Our range of fire doorsets, which are ready-assembled, have benefited thousands of construction projects. The traditional concept of ordering the many separate parts required to create door leaves and built-in frames has been made redundant with pre-assembled fire doorsets which, fabricated to exact specifications, represent the most cost-efficient method of on-site frame and door installation. Bespoke Complete Services fire doorsets have been used in a diverse array of projects from schools and offices to apartments and hotels.

Our fire doors consist of a fire-rated core manufactured from either particleboard or solid timber which is covered with solid matching hardwood lippings. To complete the door, an extensive range of face finishes is available which includes laminate, paint grade and a choice of over 300 veneers. A market-leader in the field, particleboard-core fire doors have received the highest possible form of endorsement in the form of independent third-party certification. The reputation of these doors is further enhanced by their highly-sustainable and environmentally-friendly nature.

Designed for strength and durability, solid timber core fire doors are found in hospitals, colleges, hotels and airports around the world. When these fire doors are used in conjunction with the appropriate frames and sealing, they offer remarkable acoustic properties.

For more information on our excellent selection of certified, pre-assembled fire doorsets, please contact 01254 777142 or email

Burnley UTC

The Grade II listed Victoria Mill complex, known locally as The Weavers Triangle, has been transformed with the help of Bespoke products. The site, once at the heart of Burnley’s textile industry, encompasses many listed industrial buildings & heritage assets & is one of the finest surviving Victorian landscapes in the UK.

The first phase of this major re-development has now been completed with the opening of the North West’s first University Technical College (UTC). The college provides technical study to 800 students aged between 14-19 specialising in construction & engineering.

Bespoke were tasked to produce an array of specialist doors and doorsets to compliment the existing features of the buildings. Doorsets were manufactured in European Quarter cut Oak veneer and high pressure laminate to varying fire and acoustic performance criteria including FD30 & FD60 rated doorsets and 35db acoustic doorsets. The fast track programme meant that the doorsets were provided in just under 4 weeks form site measure to final delivery.

How Does a Fire Door Work?

Fire doors are provided in a doorset assembly which will include the fire door, frame and other needed pieces. It can offer many safety benefits to a building.

Fire doors are designed to be kept closed at all times. However, some fire doors are designed to stay open and then close automatically if there should happen to be a fire. Whichever doorset is used, there should never be a door stop that could restrict the door’s movement.

The fire door works by helping to restrict the access of more oxygen and slows smoke from spreading further throughout the building. Fire doors greatly increase the time people have to escape and help keep the fire contained which enables firefighters and sprinklers to quench the fire more easily.

Fire doors are made with non-flammable materials, generally the outside of the door is made of metal or wood and then on the inside you will find a bespoke particleboard core and other fillers. The fire door core will have passed the industry’s rigorous fire / mechanical & acoustic test standards and be subjected to independent third party certification which is the highest form of endorsement a product can achieve.

Fire doors are often rated and tested to withstand a fire for a specified period of time. Here at bcs-l we can offer an array of fire doors, choices in respect of fire doors rating (FD30 up to FD120) which provide up to 120 minutes of protection, any finish (paint grade or veneer), variety of aperture shapes and sizes with a choice of glass type as appropriate for the application, including a variation in the bead type (flush or cloak).

If you have any questions or are interested in receiving a quote please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Can You Put Glass Into a Fire Door?

In the bid to gain more light into a property many people choose to add, replace or modify their internal doors by adding glass to them. This may well be okay in a normal veneered door but can you add glass into a FD30 or FD60 fire door?

Now within our homes there are different requirements to that of a home which we rent from a landlord or a communal flat. In general terms all fire safety information can be found in the Building Regulations. Usually they concern providing a safe escape route in the unfortunate event of a fire.

If we take a communal block of flats then the most important element is to ensure that the main staircase which provides access and also acts as an exit is protected in the unfortunate event of a fire. In addition to this any landings and entrance halls need to be protected; if a fire does break out then any occupants in flats situated above a fire would be able to get out safely when the correct protection is in place.

Any existing fire door can be modified or replaced in order to include a glass panel to allow light. However, this glass panel has to be heat-resistant glass which is mounted within a suitable enclosure.  Fire safety whether within a rented home or one in which you own yourself should never be something which you take lightly.

Fire doors act to bide you more time to escape within the unfortunate event of a fire they act to either be open as an exit route or closed to act as a barrier preventing the fire from spreading.

The British Woodworking Federation Certifire fire door scheme is a major organization which provides our fire ratings. Our FD30 and FD60 fire doors are their fire ratings which are stated in minutes prefixed by FD.

Commonly used specified integrity levels are:

  • FD30 30 minutes
  • FD60 60 minutes
  • FD90 90 minutes
  • FD120 120 minutes

Therefore any glass which you place into a fire door should be resistant to heat. Bespoke Complete Services can specify you a Fire Door or Fire doors specific to your needs according to your circumstances. It is now a legal requirement that any landlord fits fire doors to their properties and that these are regularly maintained.

If you play with fire then you will get burnt”

However, it is much more than that! You are playing with people’s lives and no one can put a price on that. Make sure that fire doors are in place and are maintained.

For more information concerning our fire doors and fire doorsets then please contact Bespoke Complete Services on 01254 777412 or email

FD30 Fire Doors Dangerously Blocked

Following an investigation it was announced that three popular nightspots in the North East of England had locked, blocked or obstructed fire doors whilst hundreds of people were inside.

The investigation took place last Saturday and was carried out on 3 locations in the City centre and every single one breached more than one fire safety regulation.  Amongst the issues of the fire doors the bars were also found to be overcrowded and even had fire detection systems deactivated.

However, it has since been revealed that after some stern words all three have corrected their issues and thus no evacuation orders needed to be issued. Police have stated that breaches such as these, where a person may be prevented from evacuating a building will see licensees face the full force of the law.

Unfortunately if a fire had broken out then hundreds would be trapped inside. Fire doors are a legal requirement in places such as schools, hospitals, nightclubs, bars and many other public places.

The bespoke particleboard core fire doors are a market leader for 44mm FD30 & 54mm FD60 fire rated leaves. The core has passed the industry’s rigorous fire / mechanical & acoustic test standards and has been subjected to independent third party certification- the highest form of endorsement a product can achieve.

Fire Doors from Bespoke Complete Services are made up of a fire rated core (particleboard core, solid timber core) and finished with solid matching hardwood lippings with a face finish of choice. The face finish can be paint grade (primed or in-the-white), real wood veneer, with a choice of 6 standard stock veneers or alternatively over 300+ commercially available veneers, and Laminate.

We can offer an array of fire doors and fire doorsets, choices in respect of fire doors rating (FD30 up to FD120), finish (paint grade or veneer) variety of aperture shapes and sizes with a choice of glass type as appropriate for the application, including a variation in the bead type (flush or cloak).

For more information then please contact us on 01254 777142 or email

Fire Door Regulations and Requirements

Buildings are specifically designed in order to delay the spread of fire from one area into another. They are split into compartment or zones as they are sometimes known and it is these compartment or zones which are linked by doors in order to allow any people to travel around a building. It is these doors which link the compartments which have to be fire doors so that in the event of a fire they can do two things:

  • Closed  form a barrier in order to prevent the fire from spreading
  • Open  provide a means of escape for anyone in the building

Fire doors have to have intumescent strips installed on them in order to provide resistance to a fire  should one occur. It is often the excessive smoke which is present when a fire occurs which causes people trapped in a building to pass out and therefore burn as they cannot escape. In order to try and prevent the smoke from entering a zone these strips seal off the door so that smoke cannot creep through. The seals also minimize the overall susceptibility of the door edges so that there is no early damage caused and thus giving any people trapped in the building time to effectively escape to safety before smoke gets into their lungs.

The seals are cut into a groove in the door, as soon as the temperature exceeds a certain level, normally about ten minutes after a fire has started the seal swells and ultimately seals the gap. A soft material which is cellular in structure the intumescent seals are proven to save lives! All of our seals comply with British Standards, BS 476 Part 31.1 or Certifire approved smoke seals to TS21.

Bespoke Complete Services have a full range of FD30 and FD60 certified fire doors and fire doorsets. Our fire doors and fire doorsets have been through rigorous tests which take into account the complete door assemblies, the fire door and framework as well as all the fitted ironmongery. The fire doors are tested in a number of frames as no guarantee can be given of its capabilities under fire conditions. One face of the door is exposed to heat conditions which are as close as can be to those experienced in a real life fire. The same test is then applied to the other side of the door in order to ensure that both sides can cope with fire conditions. When the fire door is exposed to this heat the door is observed for stability and integrity.

  • Failed stability of a fire door occurs when the specimen collapses.
  • Failed integrity of a fire door occurs when cracks or other openings exist through which flames or hot gases can pass through. It also fails when flaming occurs on the unexposed fire door face.

All of our fire doorsets and fire doors at Bespoke Complete Services have been tested and approved by a fire testing centre, passed and thus certification has been approved. It is important to note that once certification has been approved all other fire doors and fire doorsets feature identification labels which will identify a manufacturer, date of manufacture and the design fire rating of the door time.

The British Woodworking Federation Certifire fire door scheme is a major organization which provides our fire ratings. Our FD30 and FD60 fire doors are their fire ratings which are stated in minutes prefixed by FD.

Commonly used specified integrity levels are:

  • FD30 30 minutes
  • FD60 60 minutes
  • FD90 90 minutes
  • FD120 120 minutes

British Standards documents which can be accessed and are relevant to timber fire doors,

BS476:-20: 1987 Fire tests on building materials and structures, methods for determination of the fire resistance of elements of construction.

BS 476  22: 1987 Fire tests on building materials and structures. Methods for determination of the fire resistance of non-loadbearing  elements of construction

BS 476:  23: 1987 Fire tests on building materials and structures. Methods for the determination of the contribution of components to the fire resistance of a structure

BS 476:  31.1: 1983 Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method of measuring smoke penetration through doorset and shutter assemblies  method of measurement under ambient temperature conditions.

BS 8214:2008 Code of practice for fire door assemblies

BS EN 1634-1:2008 Fire resistance and smoke control tests for door, shutter and, openable window assemblies and elements of building hardware. Fire resistance tests for doors, shutters and openable windows which is an alternative for BS 476  22: 1987

For more information concerning our fire doors and fire doorsets then please contact Bespoke Complete Services on 01254 777412 or email