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Steve Mackenzie

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  • Comment on: Mac fire: How could it have happened again?

    Steve Mackenzie's comment 11 July, 2018 1:22 pm

    Its absolutely staggering that this was permitted to happen again. What possessed the client and contractors team to not incorporate a temporary or phased permanent fire suppression system!

    if anyone says it could not be done in the MAC then they have not kept abreast of key case installations outline in the following article & extracts below:

    http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/firesup/firesup.htm

    One of the first sprinkler systems installed in a historic building in the UK was at Duff House, a William Adam masterpiece in the north of Scotland. This project, which was managed by Historic Scotland in the early 1990s, was designed to provide comprehensive protection for the building. The system was remarkably successful in discreetly placing the sprinkler heads so that they go virtually unnoticed.

    One of the most interesting of the more recent sprinkler systems is at Newhailes on the outskirts of Edinburgh. This delightful house of the Scottish Enlightenment by James Smith, 1686, was refitted and extended by William Adam from about 1720. Here the National Trust for Scotland has embarked on a fascinating conservation project. The philosophy of this project, ‘to conserve as found’, is at variance with the requirements for visitor access. The fire officer’s requirements started out being, frankly, horrendous but they virtually melted away when the intention of providing a sprinkler system was introduced. All involved in the project are agreed on one thing: if it can be done here, it can be done anywhere.

    Hence calls on Scottish Government, following or in parallel to the fire investigation, to conduct a public inquiry or at the very least review the Glasgow School of Art Case & protection of our historic buildings.

    Stephen Mackenzie