Heals Department Store, Tottenham Court Rd, London W1

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 to the fire risk assessment for the building as a whole.

Client: Bluegroup Retail, London (shop fitting)