Comment on: Chipperfield lined up for US Embassy overhaul
This is an interesting development that requires the top solutions in terms of it's security and threat of fire. The building has attracted a good deal of activity, from suspicious factions, over the years. Security in this building must be high on any developer's agenda. Enhanced fire survival electric cables, type MICC, having a two hour fire rating, is vital. Best practice must apply in this particular instance.
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