Fire Safety Engineering Design Awards

Date: 08/11/2006

Arup Fire recently won the Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) design award for the second consecutive year. The winning entry was for Amethyst House, a nine storey commercial office development in Manchester, North West England.

The FSE Design Award was introduced in 2001 to raise the profile of fire safety engineering design and innovation and to promote best practice in the industry. The awards celebrate unique fire safety engineering solutions over schemes which simply follow prescriptive formulas.

Arup led the fire engineering for Amethyst House, which achieved local authority approval in December 2005. The building was chosen for innovatively utilising a performance based solution for fire fighting ventilation, its non-fire rated atrium design, smoke modelling, structural fire resistance design, means of escape and sprinkler design.

Project leader for Arup Fire, Adam Monaghan says: ''We are proud to win the award for this landmark scheme, which encapsulates the innovation for which Arup Fire has become renowned worldwide.''

This year's win builds on previous success at the FSE design awards. Arup won the inaugural award in 2001 for its contribution to the Eden Project in Cornwall UK. We were then appointed joint winner for fire engineering at London's City Hall in 2004 and as the winner in 2005 for the Temple Mills Eurostar Depot.

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