The Isle of Man Motor Museum is a single compartment of 34,500m3 containing vehicles from various eras ranging in size from motorbikes to coaches. The client brief was to omit sprinklers from the design of the motor museum.
We identified extended travel distances within the museum. Due to the size of the building, the Isle of Man Building Regulations recommend sprinkler protection.
Innovation Fire Engineering demonstrated that the extended travel distance was acceptable due to the large volume of space and the height of the roof.
Using CFD Modelling with parameters agreed with the Isle of Man Fire Service, we were able to model a fire within the Isle of Man Motor Museum. The results of the modelling showed that there were acceptable conditions within the building during the time the occupants were escaping and at the time the Fire Service entered the building to extinguish the fire.