Working with the IFC Group, Bibury Court is identified as a Jacobean mansion dating back to the 1600s. The owners, who now operate it as a niche hotel, wished to upgrade the rooms and floor layout while addressing some key shortcomings of the construction in terms of its fire risk.
A sprinkler strategy was utilised to upgrade the fire protection and life safety in the main building; this enabled the fire resistance of floors to be offset by fire suppression of fires in situ. A secondary benefit was that some later additions of fire escapes could be removed whilst the exiting system rationalised.
The strategy was accepted by the local fire authority.