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…

Southend-on-Sea Pier, UK

Following significant fire losses in the UK’s historic piers, we were approached to undertake an assessment of Southend-on-Sea pier to determine if there was an effective means of significantly improving protection and minimising fire losses due to fires in above deck and below deck construction. The result is the first fully recirculating fire protection system that will enable the 3 km long pier to be fully serviced with fire water in all temperatures. The recirculating READ MORE…