Andy Lowe


Join Bureau Veritas at Education Estates

Oct. 1 2019

Bureau Veritas’s Andy Lowe will be returning to Education Estates, the UK’s leading education buildings and learning spaces event, to give a talk to delegates about fire safety in schools.

Andy, technical director for Bureau Veritas Building Control, will speak about the varied design guidance available in the design of schools and educational premises, including how design has been impacted by the Hackitt Review and subsequent changes.

The event runs from 15-16 October at Manchester Central, with more than 2,000 attendees expected.

Andy Lowe’s talk will consider the scope of each design guide, exploring their pros and cons in line with building layout, occupancy type and educational criteria. He will also be discussing best practice methods to achieve these fire safety goals and exploring key issues such as occupancy aspects, fire strategy, fire service access, compartmentation, fire resistance and services provisions.

Proven credentials in fire safety

As technical director for Bureau Veritas Building Control, Andy Lowe’s responsibility covers plan assessment, liaison with the Fire Authorities and advising clients, architects and design team members on all major projects.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in Building Control, working in the private sector for the last 21 years, where he has gained extensive knowledge of the Building Regulations and associated legislation.

With extensive experience of projects within the education sector, he has actively combined his knowledge with an appreciation of development economics and wider commercial influences to assist his clients in reaching viable commercial solutions.    

A full member of the Institute of Fire Engineers, Andy also has a wealth of education sector experience and has worked on complex fire strategies. He has worked extensively with UK fire authorities to provide regulatory and legislative advice which has allowed the development of complex, engineered fire solutions.

Showcasing best practice

Andy said: “I spoke at this same show last year and it was an extremely useful and informative event to be a part of. Fire safety remains a key concern in all construction sectors but especially in education, and those working in education estates must be aware of how the Grenfell Tower disaster is shaping regulations for the commercial sector too.

“With a greater emphasis on document management and demonstrating regulatory compliance, it is more important than ever to make sure that audit trails are transparent. I’ll be discussing how best to reach the delivery goals and showcasing what best practice looks like when it comes to fire safety in schools.”

Secure your place today

Andy Lowe’s talk, ‘Fire Safety in Schools – Achieving Compliance’, will be held at 16.10 on Tuesday 15 October at Education Estates. You can register your place online: