I was asked to give advice on the possible utilisation of an existing sprinkler system in the ground storey of the six-storey building in prestigious Leadenhall Street in the City of London being refurbished as a fast food takeaway. The refurbishment contractor (my client) had removed a suspended ceiling which was previously used to locate the sprinkler system spray heads. The heads were connected to the distribution pipework by flexible helical steel pipe connections called Flexi-drops and on the day of ...Read On → Share
I was asked to inspect the building and prepare a report on the fire resistance of the concrete floor separating shops from offices above as there were some doubts as to the acceptance of the amount of concrete cover to the reinforcing steel bars measured by specialist contractor Sandberg. The owner wished to let the retail units after the removal of an existing ...Read On → Share
I was asked at very short notice to provide advice on the acceptability of omitting a previously-existing old fire shutter separating the foot of the listed spiral staircase from a new retail area to be used as a lighting display on the ground floor. I inspected parts of the building near the staircase, discussed means of escape issues and gave information on proprietary fire and smoke shutters that might be used to replace the shutter. I did not have access ...Read On → Share
Centre Court, Brent Cross shopping centre, North London.
Centre court, forming the intersection of four shopping malls in this 2-storey extensive shopping centre, was previously a sterile area except for a feature fountain, a wall climbing lift and escalators. The developer proposed to remove the fountain and install three retail display kiosks. There were two parts to my work. First, to check that the smoke extract management system would cope with a 10MW fire on the floor below the dome extraction, ...Read On → Share