The UK’s first onshore elevated helipad with a Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) at Kings College Hospital London has been certified to UK CAA CAP 1264 by CAA International (CAAi).

The construction phase of the helipad was managed by Watts Group Limited during a period when UK best practice was transitioning from Health Building Note (HBN) 15:03 to UK CAA CAP 1264, the latest UK design and operational standards for helicopter landing areas at hospitals. Following an in-depth review of the helipad drawings, the feasibility study and comprehensive onsite inspections by UK CAA Regulators, the helipad was given the green light for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and air ambulance operations.

To meet the design requirements of ICAO Annex 14 (Volume II), CAP 437 and the latest CAP 1264, the helipad’s physical characteristics (surface, tie-down points, safety net, and access points), environmental and operational factors, visual aids and fire fighting systems all had to be assessed.

Tim Messer, Project Director for Watts Group Limited said, “To achieve UK CAA compliance, we had to increase the water storage tanks from 8m3 to 20m3. The system also required new foam mixing equipment, larger pumps and associated controls. The CAA certification gives assurance that HEMS operations at KCH can operate safely and best serve patients in time critical conditions”.

For more information on CAAi helipad certification, please visit https://caainternational.com/customer-sectors/airlines-ato/heliport-review or email daniel.maney@caainternational.com.

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Photo caption: UK’s first onshore helipad with DIFFS at Kings College London is now certified to UK CAA requirements.

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Notes to Editor:

CAA International (CAAi) is a globally recognised aviation consultancy and is part of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) International Directorate.

CAAi offers advisory services, professional training and aviation examination services to help clients deliver and promote best practice in aviation safety, security, economic regulation and consumer protection, helping to create a flying world fit for the 21st Century.

CAAi’s expert advice is sought wherever technical knowledge, legal probity and commercial judgement are critical. Drawing on the experience and know-how of technical professionals – current regulators and project management specialists, CAAi delivers tailored solutions shaped to meet the needs of all sectors of the Aviation Industry.

Watts Group Limited offers expert, professional advice at every stage of the property lifecycle.  The firm’s core capability in project management and technical due diligence is complemented by a broad spectrum of specialist consultancy services, all delivered to a wide range of commercial and public sector clients.

The Group is well known for its strong presence in the UK and Northern Ireland. With lengthy experience of the property transaction process, Watts has built a reputation for independence and commercial acumen and is well placed to serve clients in all sectors of the market.

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