Museums / Galleries / Heritage / Assembly

Notable projects include:

Sheffield Millennium Gallery & Winter Garden
Sheffield City Council
Pringle Richards Sharratt

RIBA Award 2003 Civic Trust Award 2002 Academy of Urbanism The Great Place Award 2007 Royal Fine Art Commission Trust Building of the Year Award 2003

Permanent and Temporary Galleries, with storage and preparation areas specified to the highest international conservation and security standards, meeting all current government indemnity standards. The benefits of the fire strategy included an engineered design to enable extended travel distances and escape times, accounting for licensing and security requirements. Also design for the connected Winter Garden, and an engineered system to enable the glass wall between the gallery / winter-garden to achieve a fire compartmentation performance (which also had benefits in developing a means of escape strategy for disabled persons based on progressive horizontal evacuation between the two buildings).

Millennium Dome
£400M New Millennium Experience Corporation
Richard Rogers & HOK Sport / Populous

MacRobert Award for Innovative Ideas in Engineering 1999

General Fire Strategy for the dome (including CFD smoke & environmental modelling) & specific fire strategies for central arena and exhibits. The key benefits of the fire strategy included enabling the extended travel distances associated with a single compartment 300m diameter space with the concentration of the population in the centre (central arena), as well as enabling flexibility in exhibit design by demonstrating the ability of the smoke control system to accommodate a high fireload.

Harbourside Centre
Bristol City Council
Behnische & Behnische – Stuttgart

The Harbourside Centre comprised fixed and temporary auditoria, and permanent and temporary exhibition space. Key feature of the design was the openness between the floors, achieved by staggered vertical penetrations, and enabling the unprotected circulation routes to be used for escape. The fire strategy was developed to the end of Stage E, when the project controversially lost its funding.

Cabinet War Rooms
Cabinet War Rooms

The Joint Award for Outstanding Achievement 2005

Creation of an additional 1000m2 gallery in the existing Cabinet War Rooms, as well as opening more of the accommodation to the public. Key benefits of the fire strategy included minimising intervention to the listed structure, and development of a strategy that enabled the existing escape routes to serve 200% more persons than a standard strategy. Helping in development of the fire safety manuals and training the CWR staff in Fire Risk Assessment procedures.

British Museum Great Court
British Museum
Foster & Partners

RIBA Award 2000, National Heritage Museum of the Year Award 2000/2001

The project comprised development of permanent and temporary exhibition space, basement galleries and auditoria, retail, corporate entertainment, and licensed areas. The new development was wrapped around the existing Round Reading Room, in the central courtyard of the British Museum – which is a quadrangle building. The key benefits of the fire strategy were to enable the open architectural and operational ambitions with minimum intervention to the existing structure (which is all Grade 1 listed) and to achieve best value.

North Wall Performing Arts Centre
St Edward’s school
Haworth Tompkins

RIBA National Award, RIBA South Conservation Award, Evening Standard Special Award for Innovative Theatre, Civic Trust Award - All 2008

Timber-framed building providing a public theatre, also for student training, with disabled student access to all levels including the fly gallery.

Wildscreen World, Bristol
At Bristol
Michael Hopkins & Partners

The project comprised development of exhibition (including a “virtual” zoo), tropical gardens, IMAX cinema, roof-level entertainment, licensed and retail accommodation attached to the refurbishment of an existing foundry. The fire strategy took advantage of the inherent compartmentation of the building to develop a means of escape strategy based on progressive horizontal evacuation and staged evacuation. The key benefits of the strategy included enabling the use of unprotected routes for escape, and removal of all stairs other than those needed for circulation.

Glasgow Wing Tower
Glasgow City Council
Richard Horden / BDP

RIBA Award 2002, Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award 2001, Bentley Success Award 2003, Dynamic Place Award 2002.

Scotland’s tallest free-standing structure, which rotates according to wind direction. Fire strategy to enable the efficient design of a single-staired tower with a public viewing space 100m above-ground, and basement entertainment / retail complex.

Skyline Pavilions – Skegness, Bognor, & Minehead
S&P Architects

Development of a fire strategy enabling creation of a covered, single compartment, exhibition area in the central courtyard of an existing entertainment complex. Also undertook fire risk assessments to help the Client in the ongoing fire safety management of the facility during the operations phase.

The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
Wakefield Metropolitan City Council
David Chipperfield Architects

Addressing Client, Architectural, and BS 5454 requirements and negotiation with interested parties (Building Control, Licensing Authority, MLA) to clarify the brief. Development of the fire strategy to enable the design quality of the building, incorporating innovative solutions to minimise implications on management procedures, optimise capability of building to serve disabled persons, and achieve tight budget. Negotiation with site master-planners to ensure maximum benefit for the gallery.

Pitt Rivers Research Centre, Oxford
Oxford University
Pringle Richards Sharratt

Development of the fire strategy for a 3-storey new build artefact research centre created in the external courtyard adjacent to the existing Pitt Rivers museum, in the centre of a congested site in the Oxford University estate. Fire Engineering was applied to develop the best strategy to achieve the project goals, including an assessment of requirements under BS 5454.

Magna Centre, Rotherham
Magna Centre
Wilkinson Eyre

RIBA Stirling Prize 2001, Design Week Best Exhibition Award 2002

Conversion of an existing, single-compartment, steel foundry / mill to create an exhibition celebrating the four elements: Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. The specialist design of the smoke control system was critical to the success of the project, enabling the large open compartment housing the 4 exhibits and the open escape from the suspended “Air” pavilion.

Architectural Foundation
Zaha Hadid

Development of a fire strategy to enable the innovative architectural design and achieve best value for money without undue reliance on management procedures. In particular the design required a fire-engineered approach to enable the desired 200 persons on a storey with a single stair / single direction of escape – strategy agreed with Building Control & LFEPA.


  • Richmond Station Visitors centre (Potts Parry Ives & Young)
  • Castleford museum – (Niall McLaughlin Architects)
  • Egg Children’s Theatre Bath (Haworth Tompkins)
  • USITT Award with Honour 2007, RIBA Award 2006, B&NES Design Quality Award 2005