Two Major Exhibitions for Coopers Fire - The Big 5 Dubai and Scotland Build

Client: 

ALDGATE TOWER, LONDON

Sector: 

COMMERCIAL OFFICES

Product: 

FireMaster® Concertina Fire Curtain

Compartmentation
Protected Means of Escape

What: 

Modus construction built the 18 floor, state-of-the-art 317,000 sq ft Aldgate Tower in the Aldgate commercial area of Central London. Aldgate Tower consists of office space for UK Commercial, UK Legal, Creative and Financial companies and the building’s location allows fantastic, 360 degree panoramic views of the London skyline. The building’s internal layout consists of office space around the outer edge with a central core of lifts, meeting rooms and service facilities.
 
Like all modern buildings being constructed, fire engineering is a high priority, especially when combined with the modern, open plan designs being created by architects. In the case of Aldgate Tower, the architect designed a focal point, open staircase leading from the 11th to 12th floor on the west side of the building.
 

 
As the staircase design was to remain open with no lobby or door at the bottom and top and with no surrounding walls meant the fire engineers required some sort of fire compartmentation between the floors via the staircase.

How: 

The Coopers FireMaster®, closed rectangular Concertina fire curtain is a perfect solution when requiring fire compartmentation around a staircase as it offers a virtual firewall creating a lobby once the curtain has been deployed with more than 2 hours integrity.
 
The innovative Concertina fire curtain installed at Aldgate Tower fully encapsulates the staircase from the 11th to the 12th floor in the event of a fire. The curtain is triggered by either the fire alarm system or a local heat or smoke sensor and is automatically deployed from the ceiling to the floor.
 

 
Once activated and fully deployed the Concertina fire curtain replaces the requirement for a lobby or door at both ends of the stairs and protects the occupants from the spread of fire and smoke between the floors.
 
The curtain’s headbox is completely exposed, which is unusual for a Concertina, but it sits well with the surrounding service pipes, vents and structural joists and the headbox and supporting unistruts have all been painted in the same grey finish as the surrounding steel work.

Benefits: 

The FireMaster® Concertina product offers architects the perfect solution to open plan designs with fire engineering in mind and the strict fire regulations put in place with modern tall building construction.
 

 
The Concertina fire curtain deploys from the ceiling without the requirement for any side guides or columns, which would disrupt the fantastic views and the open plan design to the office space.
 
It also removes the requirement to have a lobby or door at the top and bottom of the stairs meaning architects, designers and fire engineers are turning to the FireMaster® Concertina to allow beautiful and profitable office spaces whilst protecting the occupants from the harmful effects of fire and smoke.
 

Page info: 

Modus construction built the 18 floor, state-of-the-art 317,000 sq ft Aldgate Tower in the Aldgate commercial area of Central London. Aldgate Tower consists of office space for UK Commercial, UK Legal, Creative and Financial companies and the building’s location allows fantastic, 360 degree panoramic views of the London skyline.

Client: 

COOPER BMW MINI, UK

Sector: 

Retail and Commercial Office

Product: 

FireMaster® Fire curtains

Openings in Walls, Compartmentation and Protected Means of Escape

What: 

Inchcape, the automotive retail and services company, instructed the Clegg Group as main contractors for the BMW and Mini Cooper build for the joint site in Reading, UK. The new dealership is a showroom, garage and customer services point for both BMW and Mini Cooper.
 
The site is very clearly divided up into the bright and fun branded Mini Cooper site and the more sleek and sophisticated BMW side. Customers are able to freely move from one side to the other due to the open plan designs and the two sides are joined by a first floor connecting wide walkway.
 

 
The three open plan floors are connected by escalators on the BMW side and stairs on the Mini Cooper side. Due to this layout means fire compartmentation is required between the two sides to prevent the spread of fire and smoke throughout the building in the event of a fire.
 
There are a total of five, automatic deployable fire curtains installed that are completely hidden from view until required. Coopers were also requested to develop and install a showroom curtain that didn't require or offer any fire protection but used architectural fabric that was specially created to retract automatically combined with dry ice and music to reveal the customer’s new Mini Cooper to them on the day they pick it up.

How: 

The Coopers Fire team worked closely with the contractors to ensure the fire curtains supplied satisfied the fire regulations stipulated by the building’s fire engineering scheme. It is also essential that the fire curtains were subtly designed into the makeup of the building so the clean lines and open plan designs were not spoilt.
 
The main BMW used car showroom is 35 metres wide and required a dividing fire curtain across the middle to offer fire compartmentation between the main part of the building and the car park, ramp and garage. Two FireMaster® vertically deployable fire curtains were installed to the divide up this large showroom area, offering more than 2 hours integrity. One fire curtain was just under 20 metres wide with the other fire curtain being 15 metres wide. Both fire curtains had a drop of 3.3 metres and were designed into the fabric of the building thus being invisible from view by the browsing customers.
 

 
The three other fire curtains installed divide the BMW and Mini Cooper sides and were 4 metres, 4.2 metres and and 6.7 metres and all had a drop of 3.3 metres.

Benefits: 

Coopers Fire are able to offer a huge range of fire and smoke curtain sizes to suit all applications within a building and being able to offer a suitable product to large global brands like Mini Cooper BMW is hugely important. Not only were Coopers able to offer the level of fire protection required, we were also able to develop an innovative non fire protective showroom curtain for the Mini Cooper site.
 
The day to day occupants of the Mini Cooper and BMW building in Reading not only benefit from a beautiful, open plan and modern work place but are also able to enjoy this space knowing they are safely protected from the spread of fire by Coopers fire curtains.
 

Page info: 

Inchcape, the automotive retail and services company, instructed the Clegg Group as main contractors for the BMW and Mini Cooper build for the joint site in Reading, UK. The new dealership is a showroom, garage and customer services point for both BMW and Mini Cooper.

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