Ducie Court, Manchester

Client

Marcus Worthington Group

Architect

Hodder and Partners

Value

Undisclosed

Project
Three blocks of student accommodation in flat-type arrangements, housing up to 858 students.

Challenges
We identified issues with extended travel distances, an open void in the lobby and rooms with increased fire risk.

Solutions
Innovation Fire Engineering used various trial fire designs to assess the issues. Enhanced levels of detection and fire resistance will adequately compensate for increased travel distances within some flats and the increased fire risk in a specific area.

The provision of automatic opening vents enabled the voids to be an acceptable level of risk, alongside 24 hour monitoring of the fire alarm, increased levels of fire detection and fire resistance within the flats which allowed a phased, rather than simultaneous, evacuation policy to be adopted.

We identified value engineering and cost effective solutions to resolve fire service access issues. Our analysis enabled the optimisation of fire resistance to the structural elements.

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