Gastown, Vancouver

The firm has long been established in the historic Gastown area of Vancouver. The firm pioneered a new approach to upgrading, undertaking an important building study with UBC Masters students in fire protection engineering and a City of Vancouver study led by for Head Planner Ray Spaxman in year2000. This was a precursor to the current Vancouver Building bylaw provisions for upgrading existing buildings.

Leckie Building, Gastown

The Leckie Building was originally constructed as a boot and shoe factory in Gastown in 1908.  It was seismically upgraded as part of a general refurbishment in 1991.  The heavy timber construction  is a key feature of the building with old growth beams and masonry walls.  The fire protection programme was presented and accepted by the City of Vancouver.  The strategy enabled the heavy timber structure to remain exposed highlighting a key feature of buildings READ MORE…

Bibury Court, Cotswolds, UK

Bibury Court is 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 READ MORE…

Fort Steele Historic Town, BC Canada

This large site managed by the friends of Fort Steele, was originally managed by the provincial heritage branch. The site is important historically as a river crossing was established there in the 1800s enabling the Kootenay River to be negotiated on the trail to the gold rush fields to the north. John Ivison and Associates were selected to undertake a site-wide assessment of the fire and life safety as well as security systems. A strategy READ MORE…