Today’s architects view educational premises as far more than just a collection of classrooms – they strive for open spaces that maximise learning opportunities, as well as combining formal education with learning, entertainment and social resources for the community. These aspirations sometimes go contrary to prescriptive fire safety requirements, for example in terms of fire compartmentation, fire suppression and smoke control. There are also issues to consider with respect to security and out-of-hours usage of connected premises, for example libraries and theatres.
We are experienced in the fire safety design of educational buildings, including the implementation of the recommendations of “Building Bulleting 100: Design for fire safety in schools”. In particular, we have practical experience in assessing fire risks in schools, and in recommending whether fire suppression systems are required for new educational buildings.
Please contact us to discuss your educational premises fire safety requirements.