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Fire Engineering

Retail

Buro Happold

Fire-engineering solutions provide clients with flexible and cost effective responses to the everchanging

demands of the retail market. This applies to the development of major retail centres

throughout the world but also to individual units where tenants need design flexibility.

Buro Happold Fire Engineering have retail experience

throughout the world.

Our approach of integrating fire safety with the

architectural and other engineering disciplines creates

the best opportunity to support innovative architectural

solutions, deliver best value and provide focussed,

efficient fire protection measures in retail centres.

We have wide experience of retail projects, ranging from

large multiple tenant malls, through to stand alone units

for high street retail chains.

The key fire safety issues are typically means of escape,

compartmentation and smoke control. We combine

these into an overall strategy, always reflecting the

commercial needs to maximise floor space efficiency

and visual clarity of the space.

Prescriptive codes do not address the commercial aspect

of retail design, and hence a fire engineering approach

to potentially reduce exit requirements and visually

intrusive compartmentation can provide significant

benefits. Our team of fire engineers have experience of

using the most up to date fire engineering techniques to

provide not only a safe design, but one that reflects the

clients commercial aspirations.

Case Study : Sainsburys

Image: Edward Farrow/Buro Happold

We have provided fire engineering services for

Sainsburys for several years, for many projects.

These have included major new stores where fire

engineering of egress provisions has improved

the usable floor space. Refurbishment projects

and multiple use projects are increasingly

common, where our innovative approach ensures

operational requirements and a consistently high

level of life safety are provided in all stores.

Audi Headquarters, Glasgow, UK

Architect: SDA Jackson Calvert

Barwa Al Doha, Doha

Architect: RTKL

Image: RTKL

Marks and Spencer, London, UK

Architect: MOM Architecture

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