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Geoff Williams's comments

  • Manchester placemaker: Hodder + Partners’ Cambridge Street housing

    Geoff Williams's comment 25 January, 2018 2:23 pm

    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.
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  • Alsop insists Chips is fire safe despite cladding fears

    Geoff Williams's comment 25 January, 2018 2:17 pm

    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.
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  • Liverpool gives thumbs up to towers by Hodder and Brock Carmichael

    Geoff Williams's comment 23 January, 2018 1:32 pm

    Lets hope that due vigilance is given to fire protection in this high rise development. Fire rated electrical standards and codes should not be linked to the minimum requirements. All fire rated and life saving applications must have a 2 hour fire rated cable to maintain the electrical supply. This what the BS 6387 fire standard means:
    BSI Statement.
    “BS6387 does not attempt to provide any guidance as to the suitability of cables to any given installation, or purpose. The choice of a particular cable to given installation and purpose must take into account all relevant building, electrical installation and fire regulations and codes pertaining to the building concerned, also taking into account the survival time required for the particular circuits the cable will serve. Such a choice must be made by suitably qualified persons having the requisite expertise to make those decisions and is a far wider issue than the use of just one standard". Point made.
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  • Carillion crisis ‘could affect hundreds of architects’

    Geoff Williams's comment 18 January, 2018 12:46 pm

    Architects add to the demise by putting cost before quality. Apparently, little is done in the way of auditing to drive forward the quality issue and to ensure that projects are completed on time every time. Joint ventures seem to be the format for protection but do they work to the satisfaction of the client? Don't Architects set the standard?

  • High-rise bonanza as Liverpool Council approves five new towers

    Geoff Williams's comment 12 January, 2018 12:37 pm

    Geoff Williams4 January, 2018 4:40 pm
    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.
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  • Costs escalate on Everton's proposed waterfront stadium

    Geoff Williams's comment 12 January, 2018 12:35 pm

    Geoff Williams4 January, 2018 4:40 pm
    The danger of fire in high rise structures and sport stadiums is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.
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  • Chapman Taylor gets OK for new tallest building in Bristol

    Geoff Williams's comment 5 January, 2018 12:32 pm


    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.

  • Architect announced for £330m Manchester Town Hall revamp

    Geoff Williams's comment 4 January, 2018 4:53 pm

    Further to my earlier comments. The danger of fire in historic buildings where the use of wooden structures are clearly evident poses a high risk of fire. Fighting fire in congested City locations internally is an increasing hazard for fire fighters. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory, in all historic buildings.

  • 'Grenfell is a turning point': Fire chief calls for sprinklers in all tower blocks

    Geoff Williams's comment 4 January, 2018 4:43 pm

    Sprinklers are a step forward but enforcement of a 2hour rated metal sheathed fireproof cable should be mandatory. The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.

  • Manchester to fit £10.5m of sprinklers in council-owned towers

    Geoff Williams's comment 4 January, 2018 4:40 pm

    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.

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