Cambridge experts install advanced fire protection at major development

January 01 2011

A team of experts from a Cambridge company has been chosen to install advanced fire protection for a major new retirement development.

The team from Cottenham-based Kershaw Contracting Services will be putting in fire barriers at the new Shenley Wood retirement village in Milton Keynes.

Work is starting now on the major development by contractors Willmott Dixon, and will be completed by April.

The £40,000 contract is a coup for Kershaw Contracting Services. It saw off tough competition from many other firms across the UK.

“The roof voids of the five buildings on this new development will have safe and effective fire barriers installed,” explained managing director Ian Macklin.

“They are designed to stop fire spreading quickly, and keep the smoke and flames as close to the source of outbreak as possible.”

Kershaw Contracting Services will be installing vertically-hung fire barriers –which can provide up to 120 minutes of fire protection.

The barriers are made of an insulating material that limits the transfer of heat.

Ian added: “We will be working closely with the main contractor to select the right materials and ensure they are installed correctly for maximum protection of this unusual and major retirement development.”

The company is also installing roof insulation to reduce heat loss, making them significantly cheaper to heat.

This also reduces the environmental impact of the buildings.

Kershaw Contracting Services is part of the Kershaw Group, which can trace parts of its history back 120 years. It employs 183 people and is well known for its involvement in the community.



For further information or to arrange interviews with Kershaw Contracting Services, please contact Zoe Coll on 08452 303049, or email