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.
Why are all the applicants for the Gold Medal focused in South Wales. Surely there must be a number of quality buildings, erected in North Wales, that are worthy of consideration. Geoff Williams
Comment on: Barbara Weiss: ‘Skyline has hit a raw nerve’
The London Skyline is a topic of great concern, especially relating to the possibility of Fire in a high-rise building. Buildings get taller and the consequential risk of fire increases with every additional floor. Fire fighting, externally, is limited and gridlock streets makes the task even more hazardous. It must be born in mind that 40% of the fires globally are the result of electric cable malfunction. Accordingly, fire management and modern predictable communication systems, have to be, absolutely, fit for purpose but are the cable systems employed likely to perform, as one would expect, in real fire conditions? That is the question. The common understanding amongst most specifiers, sellers, installers and users of electrical cables, which are manufactured to meet the requirements of common fire Performance tests like: Flame retardance tests: Smoke obscuration tests, Halogen and acid gas emission tests, is that the cables they subsequently specify, buy and use will provide a similar performance under real fire scenarios that the test methods suggest. Unless the cables are exposed exactly to the same conditions, as documented in the test, which is unlikely, this is not likely to be the case and with disturbing consequences. Three technical documents are available, on request, from the author, Richard Hosier, relating to “Electric Cables Fire Performance”, which may be of interest to AJ readers on the performance of electric cables in real fire conditions. (Flame Propagation, Fire Load, and Life Span). We would be pleased to discuss and modify the articles, which we believe should have greater publicity. The Great Fire of London is a chapter in the great City's history, lets all hope that our buildings of today are suitably equipped to deal with a major fire should the situation ever arise in the future A big ask - I'm afraid? Geoff Williams Business Consultant - Fire Management