Cambridge Fire Research

UKAS accredited fire tests
Sue Fenlon, Managing Director

About Cambridge Fire Research

Cambridge Fire Research (CFR) was established in 2005 as an independent fire resistance test laboratory, but has roots going back over 30 years. We have worked hard to build a broad and loyal customer base, in both the UK and overseas, and are committed to providing a reliable and cost effective route for product development and certification across a wide range of sectors.

We understand the need for a versatile and flexible approach and will always strive to accommodate changing circumstances as they arise. Key to our success is a dedicated team of well qualified, knowledgeable and experienced staff, who can always be approached for help and advice. Above all comes recognition of the trust put in us by our clients to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and to operate with the underlying values of impartiality, fairness, honesty and integrity.

Sue Fenlon, Managing Director

Facilities and services

Two state-of-the-art gas furnaces and the choice of full, medium or small scale specimen options allows CFR to provide the most economical fire test solution to its clients. The furnaces have automated control of temperature and pressure and a conveniently located screen displays live data from specimen thermocouples and radiometers.

Precise hosestream delivery for ASTM and UL tests is guaranteed by a sophisticated water pump with automatic pressure control. CFR has confidential areas for specimen installation, canteen facilities, and a viewing room with positive pressure air feed.

Viewing room

UKAS Accreditation

CFR has UKAS accreditation for a variety of British, European, US and International fire test standards and is an Approved Body (No. 2337) UKCA for testing under the Construction Products Regulation. As such, its test evidence is acceptable for the purposes of 3rd-party approvals (e.g. Q-Mark, Certifire and IFCC), UKCA marking and UL certification.

Through association, CFR can provide a route to certification and other affiliated services such as consultancy (including product assessments) and acoustic testing. CFR are also members of the Fire Test Study Group (FTSG).

Key Staff Contacts

Sue Fenlon - Managing Director -
Sarah Coatsworth - Finance Director -
Tim Smith - Head of Testing -
Stuart Plummer - Chief Test Engineer -
Sophia McNally - Office Manager -
Richard Woolnough - Quality/Health and Safety Manager -