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Geoff Williams's comments

  • Tower Hamlets mayor: 'There's a kick-back against Isle of Dogs skyscrapers'

    Geoff Williams's comment 4 January, 2018 4:39 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.

  • How the City of London skyline will look in 2026

    Geoff Williams's comment 4 January, 2018 4:37 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.

  • Glenn Howells gets the go-ahead for Birmingham’s tallest resi tower

    Geoff Williams's comment 4 January, 2018 4:35 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.

  • A resurgent Leeds will help boost the Northern Powerhouse

    Geoff Williams's comment 20 December, 2017 4:47 pm

    Leeds is strategically placed to play a major part in the Northern Powerhouse scheme. It also offers the skills to advance the development of the North of England which has been overly neglected by UK Governments. The HS2 project could provide a major heartbeat to the City of Leeds and a major revamp of the Leeds Railway station is a prime requirement. An old adage is give us the tools and we will get on with the job.

  • Fire safety review: Building Regulations are ‘not fit for purpose’

    Geoff Williams's comment 18 December, 2017 6:08 pm

    The report has a significant impact but not unexpected in content. Short comings in the enforcement of fire standard and codes obviously play an important part driven by the old adage COST. This is a particularly important feature in the area of electrical systems where fire performance, [ fireproof ] cabling needs closer examination. There are many different cables in the market claiming fire performance characteristics but are they fit for purpose? It is essential that electrical standards and codes form part of the building regulations.

  • Bennetts wins permission to overhaul old Edinburgh hospital

    Geoff Williams's comment 1 December, 2017 2:11 pm

    Obviously, the overhaul of this highly respected hospital is been given an upgrade. No doubt this will include the electrical system. The safety against fire and the security of the electrical supply is of paramount consideration. The danger of fire spread in such buildings is a constant problem to fire experts. Cables must be chosen that do not burn, generate smoke or toxic fumes. The best solution is the highly proven metal sheathed, fireproof and watertight cable system known as type MICC. Hospital fires are frequent Worldwide and are often caused by electrical malfunction.

  • Grenfell inquiry appoints engineer to consider role of design in tragedy

    Geoff Williams's comment 21 November, 2017 11:35 am

    The BSI Statement.
    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”.

  • Grenfell inquiry appoints engineer to consider role of design in tragedy

    Geoff Williams's comment 21 November, 2017 11:00 am

    I do hope that this will involve the issue of the electrical system in high rise structures and the appropriate rules of engagement including BS fire standards and codes. Current practices favour the minimum standards like BS6387. The matter of cabling is crucial since it is taken the width and breadth of a building. Cables must be chosen that provides no smoke or toxic fumes, when burning, and offers a 2 hour fire rated capability. Essential life saving applications should feature a metal sheath cabling system. It is a question of "Raising Standards - Saving Lives".

  • Hodder unveils detailed designs of Neville and Giggs’ Manchester scheme

    Geoff Williams's comment 16 November, 2017 8:17 pm

    Lets hope that due vigilance is given to fire protection in this high rise edifice. 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 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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  • Carmody Groarke wins green light for Paddington tower

    Geoff Williams's comment 16 November, 2017 4:25 pm

    Lets hope that due vigilance is given to fire protection in this high rise edifice. 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 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".

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