A mixed use public services, leisure and community space with residential accommodation, Clapham Futures is a contemporary scheme that takes accessibility and openness as its central design themes, delivering them in a distinctive spiral structure, connecting a library and customer centre to a new doctors’ surgery, café, performance space and community rooms. The building’s unusual layout called for an innovative approach to the fire strategy and FDS Consult UK’s experience of unconventional buildings meant that the team was able to take the required creative approach to the strategy and value engineer significant savings.
FDS Consult UK was responsible for developing the scheme’s fire strategy concept, including fire systems and construction specification, fire service access and means of escape. The building’s open plan and spacious layout meant that a code-based approach to the fire strategy would not have been possible without extensive compartmentation and the introduction of an additional staircase, which would have compromised the aesthetics of the architectural design, reduced the usable space and increased costs.
Working closely with the architects, FDS Consult UK’s expert team used the company’s in-depth understanding of First Principles fire engineering and took a solutions-driven approach to justifying the building’s layout.
The fire strategy was developed using FDS Consult UK’s in-house expertise and justified using the team’s experience of computer modelling techniques to map smoke and fire behaviours in the proposed solution. Using CFD modelling (Computational Fluid Dynamics) FDS Consult UK was able to provide cost savings.