Fire Sprinklers, Sprinkler Systems for Domestic and Residential properties, The Homesafe Group





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The Uplands At Oxon, Shrewsbury

Project No: CM739
Project: Uplands Care Home
Outline: New Build 80 bedroom Care Home
Client: Marches Care Ltd
System: Greyflow ®
Region: Midlands
Standard: BS 9251: 2005


The use of harvested and recycled water was a very obvious choice for Mandy Thorn, Managing Partner of the The Uplands at Oxon Care Home in Shrewsbury. Mandy had lived out in South Africa for several years, where such schemes are common place. When she first devised The Uplands with her architects, Munro Associates, she was delighted to be able to combine the use of recycled water with a fire sprinkler system.

Sprinkler systems are now mandatory in Scotland following the Rose Park care home tragedy in 2004, but not so as yet in England and Wales. The Uplands at Oxon, therefore, is an excellent example of best practice.


The sprinkler system in this project was installed above and beyond Building Regulation requirements. The return on the investment for the owners of the home will come in the form of reduced maintenance and water charges, both of which can be considerable for a business of this nature. It is estimated that this system will have paid for itself within 5 years.


Additionally, the management of the home will benefit from much more practical fire risk policies and procedures. Occupants of care homes are particularly vulnerable and swift evacuation is seldom easily achieved.

Please note, the Greyflow ® system has been designed and installed under licence for patent GB 1132528 and CTM 4632808.

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