Geoff Williams's comments
Good point raised by Robert Wakeham. It poses a greater risk of fire. There have been several events of fire in student accommodation. Most are caused by inadequate electric wiring and the need for fireproof cable must be high on the agenda by BDP.
Fear of fire in high rise buildings had always been confined to the United States but with the emergence of the desire to gain International status high rise buildings are appearing all over the World. It is probably too early to speculate on the cause of the fire but electrical malfunction cannot be ruled out. Since electric cables are tane the length and breadth of any building the choice of cable is of major importance. Especially, those providing supply to critical emergency life saving equipment. In such circumstances, it is questionable whether the choice of cable and the standards & approvals, for fire performance cables, are fit for purpose in high rise building environments..
The London Skyline is now dominated by high rise buildings in a densely populated area. The risk of fire is immense. The prospect of fire, in high rise building structures, is high and the possible damage to property and potential loss of life are of critical proportions. Fires can only be fought externally up to 7 floors. Accordingly, internal fire systems have to offer security of the electrical supply to all emergency services. High integrity MICC electrical cabling should be considered. The selection of materials is often dictated by price at the expense of quality and products that are fit for purpose to combat fire in emergency situations..
Chester's historic Rows are a protected feature of Chester's shopping area. Protection against fire has to be an essential requirement. Moreover, access to the city centre is difficult due to narrow streets that are often gridlocked. Fire fighting would be a considerable hazard. Best practice would be to chose the ultimate in enhanced fire survival equipment and electric cables to provide security of the electrical supply. Maintaining the electrical supply would be critical in fire conditions.
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.
Consultant - Fire Engineering
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.