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Students living at John Bell House in Shadwell, east London, will be protected from the harmful effects of smoke inhalation in the event of fire thanks to the installation of smoke vents from leading manufacturer Bilco UK Ltd (

John Bell House will provide a variety of options for student living, ranging from 132 en-suite bedrooms arranged as individual studio flats through to five-bedroom apartments for multiple occupants.

Main contractor Morgan Ashurst is building the nine-storey student residence, due to open in September, on behalf of student accommodation provider the Unite Group. Much of the development has been constructed off-site using modular construction techniques which make better use of resources and generate less waste, while also keeping the build duration to a minimum.

The building features two public sedum roofs on the sixth and eighth floors, which will offer students far-reaching views over the City of London. It is on these flat roof areas that the Bilco smoke vents have been installed.

Two EEW-50REM-140 smoke vents and one EHW-50REM-140 unit have been installed by roofing contractor SD Samuels (Special Projects). Installation was made simple by the special curbs on each unit. These feature the Bil-Clip® flashing system, an innovative method of quickly and easily securing single-ply roofing material to Bilco roof products. This also facilitates the fixing of most other roofing systems.

Three control panel kits have also been supplied and fitted, one for each of the vents. This dedicated control provides fail safe power in case of an emergency and can come as a kit with a fireman's switch and smoke detector. Positive, controlled operation powered by 24 volt DC linear actuators ensures rapid dispersal of smoke and noxious fumes.

Bilco’s REM-140 smoke vents meet the key requirements of EN12101 regulations - that covers must reach the fire open position within 60 seconds and that single covers must open to 140 degrees. This is designed to eliminate the possibility of wind blowing smoke back into the building in the event of fire.

The capacity to open a full 140 degrees means the vents also satisfy both Building Regulations Approved Document B and British Standard BS 9999:2008 for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings.

Though primarily designed as smoke vents, these units can also play a role in everyday building ventilation. They can be fitted with rain sensors and temperature thermostats to provide better control of the heating and ventilation system for the entire building. Alternatively vents can be wired directly into the building management system.

The vents are constructed from 2.3 mm thick aluminium and corrosion resistant materials to provide many years of trouble free, dependable service. The two EEW units fitted at John Bell House are standard 1,000 x 1,250 mm openings, while the EHW’s dimensions are standard 1,000 x 1,750 mm. Special sizes are available on request and come with a comprehensive range of options.

Based in Suffolk, Bilco supplies a range of standard roof hatches, smoke vents and floor doors in various sizes and materials, with special solutions available on request.


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