Business Sprinkler Alliance


Blaze at West Sussex Beauty Products Warehouse

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance, discusses a massive fire that engulfed an unsprinklered warehouse in Burgess Hill in West Sussex, resulting in the complete destruction of the facility. A fire broke out on the afternoon of June 19th at a warehouse operated by a mail order hair and beauty products business., necessitating…


Shining a Spotlight on Sprinklers at CABE’s Regional Events

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) supported the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Built Environment Conference Series in Cardiff and Salford in June by raising awareness of the importance of sprinkler systems in buildings. Held under the theme, ‘Performance, Compliance and Safety’, the events attracted expert panels who interacted with a range of construction and…

FM Magazine

Fire Destroys Commercial Building in Leicestershire

Iain Cox, Chair of Business Sprinkler Alliance, comments on a massive fire which destroyed a commercial building operated by digital consultancy Paragon in South Wigston, Leicestershire, and will result in staff being redeployed at other locations in the wider group. On 15th June a blaze broke out at the Paragon Building in Saffron Road and required…

FM Magazine

Protecting Recycling Centres From Fire

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), explains why recycling centres are often a source of ignitable material. It is well documented that at Christmas time, household waste in the UK increases by 30 per cent placing recycling centres under pressure in January from the vast amounts of paper, plastic, cardboard and mixed…

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BSA at CABE 2022

The Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) will be at the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Annual Conference and Exhibition from 13-14th October at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Attracting expert panels interacting with a wide range of construction professionals, this year’s event will focus on the theme of Embedding Sustainability and how building…


Green Light for Factory Rebuild Following Fire?

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA), questions recent press reports of planning permission being granted for a manufacturer to rebuild premises destroyed by a fire.  An unsprinklered manufacturing facility in Kidderminster destroyed by a major fire in 2021 will now be rebuilt, or so the newspapers report. One could think that this…


The Haunting Impact of Decisions Past

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) revisits a fire in a commercial laundry facility in the United Kingdom to argue building operators must look beyond current safety regulations. Recent years have highlighted the impact of design decisions on fire safety during the construction of buildings and the ensuing need for remediation. It…

Best Practice

Fire Crews Called Out to Bakery Fire on Same Street as Earlier West London Incident

Iain Cox, Chair of the Business Sprinkler Alliance, comments on the response of fire crews in West London to a devastating industrial fire last month on the very same road that destroyed a similar business on the same road in Park Royal in London two years earlier. The major blaze at the Al Bahij bakery…

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