Check your Fire Doors Today – Be Safe & Be Sure with BCS

Fire Doors Frames & Leaves

Any gaps, such as those between double fire doors, must not be larger than specified by installation instructions and both door and frame must show no distortion between top, frame and stiles. Door leaves with only minor damage may be repaired though any clearly major defects in frame or leaves necessitate immediate replacement.


Cracks in vision panels require that the glass be immediately replaced – this is essential no matter how insignificant the crack may appear to be as smoke and gas can easily penetrate, preventing the fire doorset from achieving its full FD rating. The same is true when beading has become worn and damaged.

Intumescent Seals

Damaged or badly-fitted seals should be replaced with the same kind as in the original specification – if smoke seals require replacing, one continuous length is preferable to fixing piecemeal. Seals that have been exposed to any major rise in temperature need immediate replacement and visual examinations should be regularly carried out.

Opening & Closing

Fire doors should close fully without any binding to the floor – check that this occurs when the door closes from a variety of open widths. The door should not slam and should be closed within 10 seconds when let go from around 90 degrees. Never wedge a fire door open – fire doors with hold-open devices should have this device at the opposite end of the door from the closing device.


Check that all ironmongery fixings are secure and remember that many hinges, locks and closer arms etc. may need lubrication to function correctly. Components must be replaced on a like-for-like basis to ensure consistency and a tell-tale sign of impending failure is dark markings appearing around hinge knuckles. Levers and locks should return fully to horizontal when released.

Safety Signs

These are mandatory (BS 5499 regarding standards for sighting and size of fire door safety signs), to be fitted to every non-domestic fire door at eye level. Any sign which has been removed, damaged or otherwise tampered with must, by law, be immediately replaced to ensure relevant information, such as date of installation and fire rating, is clearly and constantly visible.

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Fire Doors Save Care Home Residents

The importance of fire doors is once again made clear with this incident, which could have turned out very differently had they not been installed or had been illegally held open.

The cause of the fire, which began in a tumble dryer at Summerlands Care Home at around 11pm, is now under investigation.

Summerlands Care Home caters to several vulnerable adults, most of whom were able to evacuate the building without assistance. Several adults were rescued by the attending fire crews and two were taken to hospital for treatment due to smoke inhalation.

Jason Boh, who was in his role as Watch Manager of Southsea Fire Station when the fire occurred, said: the incident could have been a lot worse if the fire doors at either end of the corridor leading up to the laundry room had not been firmly secured. He noted that the fire doors had done their job and kept smoke and flames contained within a small area. If they had been open, he added, it could have been much more severe and we could have been looking at fatalities.

The laundry room and corridor were both badly damaged by fire and smoke though, apart from the two cases of mild smoke inhalation, no one was injured. Residents were accommodated in another nearby care home while the blaze was dealt with and fire crews departed at 1:30AM, giving the all clear for residents to be brought back to the building. Elysia Fung, the Deputy Manager at Summerlands Care Home, praised the efforts of emergency staff, saying: We are hugely appreciative of the efforts and help given to us by the fire service and the ambulance service.

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Bespoke Fire Doors – Dos and Don’ts

Over 3m fire doors, most fabricated from timber, re installed in the UK every year and fire doorsets from BCS are tested to ensure they meet all of the strict safety and quality standards set out by the industry.

Here are some essential dos and don’ts to think about when installing vital fire doors.

DO choose to work with a certified, experienced supplier for fire doors along with frames, ironmongery and other components. BCS have a long history of achievement and utilise materials and processes of the highest standard to ensure our fire doors are unmatched in quality.

DON’T treat a fire door like an ordinary door – it isn’t. Fire doors are expertly-engineered lifesaving devices and require extreme accuracy to maintain consistent quality levels.

DO check the fire door safety certificate. Make sure all of the information is correct and clearly visible.

DON’T cut vision panels on site. Pre-hung fire doorsets from BCS can be supplied with glazed vision panels cut to any size and shape and secured using our innovative flush beading system.

DO ensure the correct certification is chosen for the door’s intended use. We produce fire doors with ratings of between FD30 and FD120.

DON’T make on site repairs. If a fire door is damaged it should not be simply patched up as its FD rating has become compromised. Never take risks in this way.

DO make sure that all fire door ironmongery is CE marked for quality.

DON’T wedge or prop open fire doors. A survey among fire-risk assessors found that 65% of premises they inspected had wedged-open fire doors – this is an illegal, dangerous practice.

DO take advantage of extra options to create the bespoke fire door. We offer a massive range of paint grade finishes to create veneered doors that can be given extra protective components for high frequency use.

DON’T become a statistic. In a recent review that looked at 100 cases pursued under the Fire Safety Order, inadequate fire doors were the second-highest reason for prosecutions.

Call Bespoke Complete Services today and let us propose the ideal fire door solution.

Fire Doors – Essential Factors

As our name suggests, we create bespoke fire doors and bespoke fire doorsets to individual specifications, offering countless combinations of options to provide the perfect solution, every time.

Creating bespoke fire doorsets involves the careful consideration of a number of factors.

Size & Shape

Whether single or double, external or internal, BCS consistently provide bespoke solutions. Supplied pre-assembled and pre-hung to exact customer specifications.

Core Choice

Our fire rated doors are supplied with a choice of solid timber or particleboard core, both of which are certified by the industry to meet acoustic, mechanical and fire-related test standards. Both materials represent a sustainable, environmentally-friendly choice.

Fire Rating

Fire ratings are represented by the letters FD followed by a number which, in turn, represents the minimum amount of time in minutes that the door is designed to withstand fire. BCS supply fire doors to FD30, FD60, FD90 and FD120 ratings.

We can easily create vision panels of bespoke size and shape to meet any requirements and a range of quality glazing materials is also available.

Extra Protection

We have a range of options available to provide extra protection in vulnerable areas subject to high frequency of use such as hospital doors. Contact our skilled technical team for further advice and information on our heavy-duty fire doors.

Contact BCS today to find out how we can provide your building with safe, attractive and durable fire doors.

Fire Doors and Doorsets – Setting the Standard

Countless lives have been saved since fire doors became a mandatory feature of public building design and workplaces. Although their name suggests they only prevent the spread of fire itself, the first function of fire doorsets in an emergency is help stop creeping, lethal smoke.

Smoke inhalation is one of the biggest threats to survival in the event of a fire; the lack of oxygen quickly causes anyone trapped within to lose consciousness, preventing them from escaping the oncoming flames. Buildings are compartmentalised with fire doors separating the sections to slow down the spread of smoke – but how is this achieved?

Intumescent strips are installed onto fire doors, sealing them once closed and preventing any spread of toxic smoke. Each seal has been carefully installed into pre-cut grooves in the fire doorsets and, in the event of fire, growing temperatures cause the seals cellular structure to expand, completely filling the gap. The door edges become less susceptible to early damage and increase potentially life-saving evacuation time.

Quality testing of such vital doors and components is of course extensive, rigorous and tightly-regulated by British Standards and Certifire. The testing includes recreating as closely as possible the conditions of a real building fire with a number of different factors, such as complete fire door assembly, a variety of frames and all fitted ironmongery, being carefully examined.

Fire doorsets are deemed to have lost their integrity once the door has burned to a point where cracks have formed that flames can pass through or where burning occurs on the unexposed door face; total failure occurs when the fire door collapses completely. The time it takes for total failure to occur forms the FD rating, which is generally set at FD 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.

Fire doorsets from BCS have been thoroughly tested by an approved Fire Testing Centre and fully certified for quality.

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Fire Doors Safety Week – Ideas Requested for 2015 Event

September 2014 saw the launch of Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW), the first in a series of planned yearly events raising awareness of the importance of fire doors and their correct installation and maintenance. Declared a great success by all concerned, the event will take place again in September 2015 and, although this is some way off, the organisers are already looking for fresh ideas.

FDSW was created with the intention of engaging, educating and encouraging the owners of commercial and residential buildings to raise their awareness of the crucial role fire doors play in saving lives and property. The 2014 campaign was supported by nearly 100 various organisations including the official government ‘Fire Kills’ initiative, the ASFP (Association for Specialist Fire Protection) and the FBU (Fire Brigades Union).

Around 3 million new fire doors are installed each year in the United Kingdom, the majority being fabricated from timber. The laws surrounding the safe installation, use and maintenance of fire doors are very clear but the shocking results of a recent review detailing 100 cases of prosecution under the Fire Safety Order 2005 show that improperly-installed, defective, misused or neglected fire doors were the number 2 reason for those prosecutions.

Bespoke Complete Services specialise in providing fire doors of professional quality to a vast and diverse range of buildings, from educational establishments and hospitals to luxury hotels. An infinite array of design options allows for the ideal bespoke door to be created for any application, with the complete guarantee that it will meet and exceed the strict specifications in the ‘approved documents’ that constitute legally-binding building regulations.

You can find out more about FDSW 2014 and help shape next year’s event by visiting and you can tweet your ideas using #FireDoorSafetyWeek as well.

For more information on the quality bespoke fire doors available for direct supply by us, please call 01254 777142 or e-mail

Fire Doors from Bespoke Complete Services

An essential feature required by law in all public buildings and workplaces, the fire door is a lifesaving device. By preventing the spread of flames and smoke, fire doors offer increased evacuation time to people inside the building while keeping the fire contained in a smaller area to facilitate extinguishing. Bespoke Complete Services provide a comprehensive selection of fire doorsets, which include frames and all other necessary components, designed to suit a wide range of applications from schools and universities to hospitals, offices and hotels.

All fire doors in the UK must meet the stringent legal building regulations known as ‘approved documents’ in relation to their fire-resistant qualities, taking into account accessibility, thermal efficiency, acoustic requirements and ventilation. Many are often designed to withstand fire for a particular amount of time and are given an equivalent FD rating (e.g. an FD120 fire-resistant door will offer 120 minutes of protection). Fire doorsets from Bespoke Complete Services have been fully tested and proven to meet or exceed every relevant health, safety and quality standard.

Supplied fully assembled and ready for installation, replacing the traditional and cumbersome process of ordering many disparate parts, our fire-rated doors centre on a particleboard or solid timber core which is layered with a wide choice of laminate, paint-grade and veneer finishes. The doors can also be fitted with glazed panels if required, with a choice of aperture sizes and shapes, glass type and bead style (cloak or flush). Manufactured using sustainable resources, fire-resistant doors from Bespoke Complete Services are guaranteed to be environmentally-friendly as well as extremely cost-effective.

As the name of our company suggests, we specialise in providing bespoke solutions designed to perfectly suit any unique project. Almost every aspect of our service can be personally configured, allowing the ideal doorset to be created no matter what shape or size.

For more information on fire doorsets from Bespoke Complete Services, please call us on 01254 777142 or e-mail

Fire Doors for Schools and Colleges – Safety and Durability

By providing a strong, durable and effective barrier against fire and maximising the possible amount of evacuation time, fire doors have saved countless lives and are now required by law in public buildings and workplaces. As schools, colleges and workplaces gear up to close for the summer holidays, many of these establishments will be undergoing installation or replacement of a fire-door system and Bespoke Complete Services remain one of the best possible providers of pre-assembled, certified fire doorsets.

‘Approved documents’ contain legal building requirements and designate the building with a numerical fire-resistance level that takes into account a variety of factors including acoustics, ventilation, accessibility and ventilation. The part of the regulations relating to fire doors state that any doorset designed for for-resistance must be tested to ensure its compatibility with the strict specifications of British Standard tests to ensure their safety and efficiency.

The Bespoke Complete Services selection of ready-assembled fire doorsets have been used on thousands of projects around the UK, negating the traditional need to order the many components needed to create quality leaves and frames. Fabricated exactly to bespoke specifications, the doorsets represent excellent cost-effectiveness for on-site door and frame installation.

Each door centres on a fire-rated core of solid timber or particleboard, covered with solid lippings. Onto this core, a wide choice of finishes can be applied from paint and veneers to laminate. Created sustainably to offer a high level of environmental care, our doorsets have received third-party certification, the highest form of endorsement. When used in close conjunction with appropriate sealing and frames, they also offer excellent acoustic properties, perfect for a learning environment.

To find out more about bespoke fire doors and fire doorsets for learning establishments, please call our team on 01254 777142 or email

Fighting the Flames – Our Certified Doorsets

Fire doors have saved many thousands of lives and, as technology improves, this number happily continues to increase. Preventing the transfer of flames and toxic smoke from one area of a building to the next, these essential structures allow the building’s occupants crucial extra time to evacuate the premises. Bespoke Complete Services are proud to supply a comprehensive selection of fire doors and doorsets featuring state-of-the-art, market-leading technology to offer the very best level of protection.

With regards to any workplace, educational establishment, medical facility or building open to the public, fire doors are not an option; UK laws demand that a full fire safety plan is rigidly upheld in such buildings. This law includes things like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and clear evacuation procedures as well as the inclusion of fire doors within the structure.

A fire door must meet all legal requirements before it is categorised as fit for its intended purpose. These requirements are set out in legal building regulations (‘approved documents’) and, taking into account a number of factors including thermal efficiency, acoustic resistance, accessibility and ventilation, are finally represented as a numerical fire-resisting level. Every fire door manufactured in the UK is required to undergo stringent tests to ensure it adheres to its stated resistance level; these tests include BS (British Standard) 476 and EN164.

Bespoke Complete Services supply a range of pre-assembled doorsets which, as they negate the need to order several separate parts to create frames and leaves, represent an incredibly cost-effective method of purchasing and installation. Our doorsets, which are covered with solid hardwood lippings, can be pre-assembled to any bespoke requirements and are available with a choice of two fire-rated cores to suit different applications.

Fire doors with a particleboard core are the most popular and have quickly grown to be a market leader in this sector. With independent certification from third parties, truly the best form of endorsement, the popularity of these cores is increased due to the fact that they are from sustainable sources and are manufactured in an environmentally-responsible manner.

With the added benefit of exceptional acoustic properties, fire doors with a solid particleboard core are particularly suited to heavy-duty applications such as in hospitals and schools. These doors offer unmatched durability and strength.

To ensure that any aesthetic can be created or matched, Bespoke Complete Services offer a wide selection of finishes to complete our superlative fire doors. Options include a choice of paint grade or laminate and an eclectic collection of 300 diverse veneers.

For more information on fire doors from Bespoke Complete Services, please contact 01254 777142 or e-mail

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