Dagenham Flats, London

Remedial improvements to improve fire safety

About this project.

United Living approached Sertus to design and supply automatic smoke ventilation systems for all seven blocks, aimed at keeping fire escape routes via stairwells and communal corridors free from smoke in the event of a fire.
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Who are United Living?
With a history spanning over 110 years, United Living is one of the UK’s leading providers of refurbished and new build living solutions. With a passion to deliver a sustainable legacy, they work with local authorities and private developers to deliver not just high quality homes but wider benefits including training, local employment and community initiatives.
Remedial improvements to improve fire safety.
Initial Brief

United Living is one of the UK’s leading providers of refurbished and new build dwellings. The company was tasked with the refurbishment of seven apartment blocks in the London borough of Dagenham and Barking. As multi-storey blocks occupied by demographically-diverse residents, including families and the elderly, the requirement for safe escape routes in the event of a fire was clear; and the existing ventilation within this 1970's building had been identified as less than optimal.


On this project, Sertus created a plug-and-play NSHEV system with minimal additional wiring requirements that outperformed expectations. In addition to bringing safety standards in this aged building right up to date, the addition of windows has improved overall quality of life in the building by introducing more natural light, increasing ventilation and comfort, and reducing the energy costs associated with both.

Fitting into the existing window frames and supplied with full wiring schematics, the window vents proved simple and speedy to install, which kept costs down and reduced disruption for residents during the scheme of works. All products are certified to residential building regulations, including EN12101-2, delivering total peace of mind for client, contractor and residents alike.

What we used
Façade Louvre Blade – Residential Glass (FLB-RG)
Roof Single Leaf - Residential (RSL-R)
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Baylis Old School

Sertus were commissioned early in the project to design and install a smoke control and natural smoke ventilation system that was sympathetic with the award-winning Brutalist architecture.
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