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Fire Engineering

Sports and Entertainment

Buro Happold

The sports and entertainment sector comprises a multitude of venues including racecourses, stadia

and arenas. While each venue is unique, with client requirements varying from ultimate flexibility to

the best for a particular sports discipline, there exist common themes in the fire safety design.

Providing adequate escape for large numbers of people

is the primary challenge for the fire engineer in the

design of sports and entertainment venues.

The traditional approach of enclosed stairs and corridors

needs to be balanced with open plan hospitality and

corporate spaces. Working closely with architects and

creative use of compartmentation can allow escape

routes to appear open while ensuring safe and efficient


Our fire strategy is typically based on an assessment of

likely fire risk and evacuation periods. Elements such

as fire load control, strategic location of fire separating

construction and smoke management are brought

together in a coherent, unobtrusive manner. This

produces a simple, robust strategy for each building,

tailored to its specific needs.

Refining the design of structural fire protection

is a common challenge for stadia - structural fire

engineering techniques assess the potential for exposed

steel structure to survive design fire scenarios without

applied fire protection, increasing cost efficiency.

Case Study : Silverstone Pit Lane

Image: Populous

The fire strategy for the Silverstone Pit Lane and

Paddock facilities provides flexibility to the client,

allowing multiple uses. The evacuation strategy

uses the length of the building to offer escape

into adjacent compartments and the paddock

behind the building without relying upon the pit


Event continuity is addressed by the race control

centre being designed to operate independently,

allowing circuit operations to continue in the

event of an incident within the building.

Emirates Stadium, Arsenal Football Club

London, UK

Architect: Populous

Image: Simon Warren

The O2 Arena, London, UK

Architect: Populous

Image: Buro Happold/Adam Wilson

London 2012 Stadium, London, UK

Architect: Populous

Image: ODA


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