Consultancy and Insurance Support The year ended as busily as it began. Following work at Hereford, Lichfield and Bristol Cathedrals we have been asked to advise on fire safety matters at 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.
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 September 2019. The first two gates opened in September and all of the national carrier’s flights will migrate to the terminal by May 2019.
Following an invitation to assist the insurers of part of the new Riyadh Metro system by undertaking a very satisfactory survey visit we were asked to look at construction fire risks on the Copenhagen Metro extension sites and visited these in October.
We also provided pro bono advice in respect of fire safety in a historic town centre
Expert Witness Work We have presently instructed 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.
Training December 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the provision of training for FM’s through Quadrilect Conferences and Training and while we are sad to note that our last course will be on 13 December believe it’s time to let someone else take over.
We are, however looking forward in 2019 to organising several one day fire safety management seminars for cathedrals and large places of worship which will be sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance.