Chester Cathedral and Bath Abbey. We also gave advice on a problem at Salisbury Cathedral.
Other heritage projects have included advising on the practicability of installing fire suppression systems in three Grade A/I listed buildings including the World Heritage site, Iona Abbey. This project may set out a model for similar problems in bell towers in other locations. We completed an assignment in respect of a review of the design and installation of a high pressure watermist system in the Rennie Mackintosh Tearooms in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow and were delighted to assist in this wonderful restoration project.
Speaking of Rennie Mackintosh, we were invited to give evidence to the committee of the Scottish Parliament which was looking into the second fire at the Glasgow School of Art. We were sadly, unable to attend in person but submitted a written brief covering both the protection of heritage buildings and the prevention of fires in buildings undergoing refurbishment.
Construction Fire Project Support
We continue to advise on the safety of the construction of the US$9 billion new King Abdulaziz International Airport at Jeddah which has now started testing and commissioning for a full opening in late 2019. The first gates opened in September 2018 and 450,000 passengers had used the terminal by March 2019. All of the national carrier’s flights will migrate to the terminal by mid 2019. Sadly, a warehouse fire in the project’s logistics area at the end of 2018 acted as a reminder to all those involved of how hazardous construction sites can be.
New instructions in which we are involved as the lead CAR insurer’s fire adviser include:
Expert Witness Work
We are presently instructed or have recently been involved in four interesting cases:
We are also expecting an instruction in respect of an arbitration or possible judicial review over the contractual requirements for a fire suppression system in a major heritage building.
As part of our on-going relationship with the National Library of Wales we have been asked to deliver a bespoke training day to assist library staff involved in the supervision of a large construction and refurbishment project – which includes the installation of a watermist system.
We are just about to start delivering four one-day fire safety management seminars for cathedrals and large places of worship which will be sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance.