Fire engineering case studies


We deal with a range of developments – from individual houses to high-rise blocks of flats; from warehouses to schools.  No matter the nature of your development, our Fire Consultants are well equipped to address the specific requirements of your development.


  • Case study 1 – 6-12 Fountain Street, Manchester M2 2AA

This is a small development comprising of a ground floor and three upper storeys.  It was complicated by the fact that not all storeys were within the demise of the Client.  A Pizza Hut business occupies the ground floor.  Offices were housed on the first, second and third floors of the building.  The proposed refurbishment involved converting the office space to provide 4 residential apartments, split evenly between the second and third floors.


The key issue was that there no yard was attached to the development property, thus there was no space for bin storage outside the building.  Approved Document B prevents any part of the fire escape route being used for storing combustible materials. However, our Consultants were able to devise options for locating a bin store in these premises in a way that was acceptable to building control.


  • Case study 2 – Glasgow Harbour Terraces, Glasgow, G11 6BL

This development was built in the early 2000s and consists of five multi-storeys blocks (A, B, C, D and E) ranging from 25m to approximately 46m in height.  Vemco Consulting carried out a technical assessment of all five blocks.  Of particular interest to the Client was the material configuration within standard details, and suitability of materials used in external walls.  A full and detailed analysis was carried out (in this case) based on Scottish Standards.


  • Case study 3 – Former Barclays Bank 2 Station Parade, Barking IG11 8DN

For this development, planning permission had been obtained for change of use from A2 financial and professional services use to C1 hotel use.  The change of use included internal alterations and extension of the mansard roof to create 19 guest rooms with en-suite shower rooms, with an office and store room located on the third floor.  As is often the case with refurbishments, there are limits on what can be done within available space.  We used our vast experience of value engineering to create opportunities for the developer to save costs whist maximising opportunities.  In this case, we created solutions that negated any need to give up valuable hotel room space to incorporate fire safety measures.

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