Advice on fire protection of cast iron beams and columns in top storey of large Grade 2 listed brewery building being refurbished as offices, Burton-on-Trent.

This three-storey building was constructed in the mid 19th century as a brewery. It is very robust and structurally over-designed for its new speculative use which includes the upper storey as offices of variable size. It is approximately 120m long by 32m wide. The external walls are 70cm (27inches) thick. Circular hollow cast iron columns are ...

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Audit of refurbishment work on 5-storey offices, Park Street, London WC1.

My inspection of the building undergoing refurbishment revealed several defects in the structural fire precautions: first, horizontal cavity fire barriers had not been installed in the service riser to prevent upwards fire spread, and this was regarded as a serious omission as the service riser was within the only staircase available for occupant escape from upper storeys. Fire which emanated in the riser (which contained electrical risks) or broke into it from the accommodation at a lower level could travel ...

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Office Projects

Doxford International office complex, Sunderland.

Advice and recommendations on the use of unprotected steel lintels.

Client: Aukett Associates, Architects and Engineers, London, 1996


GPO Office Building, Belfast.

Advice on drencher protection of external wall opposite Thompson’s Mill.

Client: Department of Finance, Belfast, 1977.


Chase Manhattan Bank, London.

Advice on effect of large bending moment on concrete-filled columns.

Client: Pell Frischmann & Partners, 1985


Dublin Bank, Irish Republic

I was asked to check the fire engineer’s calculations of fire severity and passive fire protection of external steel hangers supporting the floors. ...

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