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Fire Engineering


Buro Happold

Fire safety design for modern aviation facilities needs to address more than life safety. A clear

understanding and focus on reducing business interruption and understanding the interaction

between fire safety and security is essential to produce an effective fire strategy.

Increases in air passenger numbers have had several

consequences for today’s airport designers. Airports

have become multifunctional spaces which offer

retail and catering facilities, and which must be easily

accessible in terms of bus/rail links.

This diversity of function has manifested itself by an

increase in open spaces, making traditional fire safety

compartmentation and travel distances difficult to

achieve. Prescriptive building codes have not kept pace

with developments in airport design and do not fully

address the need for integration with other disciplines

such as security.

In order to develop the most appropriate fire safety

strategy for these multifunctional and complex

buildings, our fire engineers will carry out a design fire

risk assessment, often going back to first principles to

achieve clarity of design that can be lost through a code

based process.

To achieve these non- standard solutions, our fire

engineers apply lateral thinking combined with a

thorough awareness of airport design. We use state

of the art fire engineering modelling tools to provide

safe, secure and cost effective solutions that fulfil client,

designer and passenger’s needs.

Case Study : Gibraltar Airport

Image: bblur Architecture

Our involvement with the new Gibraltar airport

is an example of our full service provision. We

have worked closely with the team from early

conceptual design, through detailed strategy

review, implementation and site inspection, to

carrying out risk assessments for the operators

to allow partial occupation and operation of the


Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland

Architect: 3D Reid

TAG McLaren Airport, Farnborough, UK

Architect: bblur

Image: Buro Happold/Adam Wilson

Delhi Air Traffic Control Tower, Delhi, India

Architect: HOK

Image: HOK

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