Following the disastrous fire in the original building much focus of attention will, no doubt, be given to the subject of Fire Protection. The emphasis must be on the security of the electrical supply to all fire rated circuits. This is endorsed by the Fire Officers and the IFPO. A 2 hour fire rated cable is essential and must include an enhanced fire survival cabling, known as MICC. Accordingly, this should be discussed with the design team leaders Park\Page.
This refurbishment of the famous, World acclaimed, grade 11 listed building needs the best protection to combat fire. All high risk circuits needs continuity of the electrical supply. Potentially the correct choice of electric cable for these applications is vital to safeguard the millions of people visiting this grand and pivotal building. This can be achieved by utilising enhanced fire survival electric cables. Safety against cable fires is paramount in such buildings in the World's greatest capital. A feature that is often overlooked.
I sincerely hope that fire survival electric cables are being utilised for fire protection and critical life saving services. Cable fires globally can be the direct cause of the spread of fire and the present London Skyline poses considering problems of access to our fire fighters.
I have been in the York Theatre Royal many times and it always captures my imagination. York needs the Royal and the decision to carry out a revamp is both logical and enterprising. However, the fire risk in such such older buildings is high and the cabling is important since many of the global fires are the direct result of cable failure. I would like to see fire survival cables used in the installation, this would help to hold back the spread of any potential fire and safeguard the people using the theatre. Geoff Williams Consultant - Fire Engineering
Comment on: Skyline: five demands for London
As a frequent visitor to HK and other World cities, I am impressed by the infrastructure and concur with previous comments. Albeit, I am more than a little surprised by the lack of thought that is given in the future plans for the London skyline in terms of dealing with the threat of a fire in a high-rise building. The recent fire scare in The Shard building typifies my concerns. Gridlock streets and inadequate access is invariably a major problem. Evacuating a high-rise building, like the Shard, can take up to two hours. Fires in such buildings can only be effectively fought internally and the emergency equipment must be of the appropriate standard. Closer examination of the fire risk, I would have thought, is an urgent requirement.