Innovation Fire Engineering Ltd

University of Nottingham, Humanities Building

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University of Nottingham, Humanities Building


Client – Clegg Construction Ltd

Architect – CPMG Architects

Construction Value – Undisclosed


The proposal –

A four-storey new build for the University of Nottingham, consisting of a library, a circulation space, laboratory areas, an IT room, open plan work areas, seminar rooms, display areas and offices.

Fire Issues –

The design incorporated open voids, which could affect the means of escape routes from upper floors.

Solutions –

Innovation Fire optimised the fire design of the building through the removal of both staircase lobbies, maximising usable space on all three floors and decreasing the project cost of fire resistant materials. In addition, cost savings were provided by justifying the replacement of two of the fire fighting staircases with two protected staircases, which allowed the reduction of the duration of fire resistance for fire doors and compartmentation.

Innovation Fire justified the removal of the smoke control system from both void spaces through the utilisation of strategic cross corridor door sets on hold open devices. We also justified the removal of the smoke control system from the two staircases and our fire strategy proved that a sprinkler system was not required. Innovation Fire designed an ‘L5’ fire engineered alarm system, providing greater flexibility for the placement of detection and related systems in the Arts Faculty Building, whilst still producing a safe building design.

Client Testimonial by James Findlay, CPMG Architects

“I worked with James on a University of Nottingham project, the Humanities Building, which combined academic, office, specialist laboratories and administrative spaces within four-storeys with the plant room located on the fourth floor. James was appointed by Clegg Construction Ltd to provide a fire engineered solution and the resultant recommendations enabled the University to optimize their use of the building, giving them greater in-use flexibility and additionally saving on the construction costs.

Building Control had no issues with the fire report recommendations and went so far as to praise the logical layout of the report, particularly the section on final exit doors.

During the comparatively short time that I worked with James, I found him to be pro-active, knowledgeable, professional and thorough in carrying out his duties and always a pleasure to deal with”.