Tension Rod Project

Moxy Hotel Office – Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

The Moxy Hotel office complex in Edinburgh was awarded to Interact Structural Fire Protection Limited after much deliberation on the standard BS476.

Not only had Interact faced stiff opposition from the thin film alternative, it was necessary to convince the architect and main contractor that regardless of the specific testing we had carried out on solid rods (and the only company to have done so) Interact Retrofit castings met in full the standard for tension rods.

The superb, highly decorative, finish achieved using Interact’s casting system also means that there is no requirement for overcoating every three to five years as is the case for thin film intumescent coatings (where failure to comply may compromise the warranty of the fire protection).

Interact’s warranty is standard at 25 years to first maintenance. Intermittent decorative coatings do not compromise the warranty issue.

A quick walk over the road to another building (a local mixed-use retail and hotel complex) demonstrates the risk in using thin film as shown in the external coating. Interact’s system of casting provides reassurance both internally and externally regardless of the environmental conditions.  Epoxy castings by Interact are certified to the environmental standard C5. 

EN ISO 12944-2 1998

Table 1 – Atmospheric-corrosivity categories and examples of typical environments

C5-M very high (marine)
McLaughlin & Harvey
"We are very pleased to have used Interact on this project. Their support in securing the necessary fire standard compliance gave MCLH the opportunity to use Interact’s “Retrofit” castings. We only wish we could take advantage of their Easy-Over system and their recently launched hinge casting to complement their work. "
Kevin Young, McLaughlin & Harvey
Project Manager

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Tony Tiernan

Tony Tiernan

Materials Specialist: Epoxy fire protection Castings

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McLaughlin and Harvey  – Moxy Hotel – Fountainbridge

We are very pleased to have used Interact on this project. Their support in securing the necessary fire standard compliance gave MCLH the opportunity to use Interact’s “Retrofit” castings. We only wish we could take advantage of their Easy-Over system and their recently launched hinge casting to complement their work.

The castings to the tension rods through the office building were all as advertised. The finish and seamless joints to a high decorative finish were exactly what we needed when on display. Achieving the specification required significant time and technical assistance from the Interact technical department.

Another outcome could have been a hand paint or spray application which would disappoint our requirement for a highly decorative finish.

The installation went very well and from the start, and as expected the installers were very professional, arrived on time and did what they said they would, meeting very tight targets thus letting follow on trades progress as programme     

In addition, the cooperation when asking the team to help out with firestopping was a commendable addition to the portfolio of skills.

The incorporation of additional instructed works did not hinder progress of the main contract works and assisted  in us achieving practical completion of the project, again this variation was understood, carried out in the given timescale and was fairly valued.   

We will certainly consider using Interact when the opportunity next arises.

Kevin Young, Project Manager

McLaughlin & Harvey