LeeMcCullough - Fire Safety

By: Leemccullough  05/12/2011
Keywords: engineering, fire safety, structural engineering

Building Control Regulations require the majority of new buildings to have a Fire Safety Certificate in place prior to the building being 'opened, operated or occupied'.

LeeMcCullough Associate Richard McCrae has recently completed the Diploma in Fire Safety Practice from the School of Engineering in Trinity College, Dublin and as a result we can now provide our clients with a comprehensive Fire Safety Certificate service.

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Fire is a rare event but its results can be catastrophic. Protection against loss of life and injury are the main aims of any fire safety design but many Clients also require additional protection for business continuity , loss control, environmental or heritage protection, or corporate image.

With our understanding of the building process through 40 years of structural engineering we can provide a fire safety design to meet client's requirements on new, existing or heritage buildings.

We can provide preplanning advice on your design proposal to ensure a more timely and cost efficient passage through the planning and Fire Safety Certificate processes. We would encourage consultation with all stake holders, such as insurance companies at an early stage as this can avoid last minute design changes.

Depending on the complexity of the building, we would advise on one of the following approaches to compliance with Part B of the Building Regulations.

Technical Guidance Document - B
The traditional route to compliance with Part B of the Building Regulations is to use the guidance in TGD-B, a fairly comprehensive yet often misunderstood document, especially when used for refurbishment and conservation work.

This is sometimes complimented with guidance from BS 5588. These prescriptive codes are suitable for use on most buildings.

BS 9999 -Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings
The introduction of BS 9999 in late 2008 marked a change in fire safety design practice. It replaces most parts of BS 5588 and although BS 9999 is a prescriptive code like TGD - B, it also incorporates an element of risk assessment in providing an acceptable level of fire safety. BS 9999 is currently only accepted as a means of complying with Part B of the Building Regulations by some Fire Authorities in Ireland but it is likely to become the code of choice among Fire Safety professionals over the coming years.


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BS 7974 - Application of Fire Safety Engineering Principles to the Design of Buildings
This performance based Fire Engineering code is rarely used for the complete fire safety design of a building due to the time and costs involved. However it can be effectively used to justify a particular aspect of a design which cannot be justified using prescriptive codes like TGD-B, BS 5588 or BS 9999.

Whatever your project (be it large or small) we can provide a Fire Safety Certificate report and associated drawings to one of the above codes in a timely and cost efficient manner targeted at providing the level of fire safety the Client requires.


At LeeMcCullough we have been providing civil and structural engineering services for over 40 years with many repeat commissions form Architects and Clients. We now provide that same level of service and dedication to our new Fire Engineering service. For new buildings, refurbishments and historic conservation projects we can provide the following:

  • Fire Safety Certificate pre planning advice
  • Fire Safety Certificate Compliance Reports
  • Fire Safety Certificate Compliance drawings
  • Specifications
  • Certificate of compliance
  • Site Inspections

We also provide a number of complementary services including:

  • Disability Access Certificate Compliance Reports
  • Disability Access Certificate Compliance Drawings
  • Structural Fire Protection Design
  • Fire Safety Audits
  • Appraisal of fire damaged structures
  • Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

At LeeMcCullough we seek to identify and resolve issues early, safely addressing demanding bui lding challenges and delivering our solutions on time and cost efficiently.

When it comes to fire safety, recognising the potential danger and understanding the behaviour of fire are key to successful design outcomes.

Keywords: engineering, fire safety, Fire Safety Practice, Safety Practice, structural engineering,

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