Fire Safety and Architecture – Direction of Change and Common Issues

Three years after the Grenfell Tower disaster and two after the Hackitt Review, fire safety and building design remain crucial challenges for architects.  Guidance for fire safety design of buildings across the UK and Ireland can appear complicated and open to interpretation with many options, grey areas and approval risks, making it difficult to design safely.

RSUA have partnered with Goldsmith Engineering to offer this afternoon seminar to break down the Building Regulations processes and Guidance Documents in use throughout the UK and Ireland, along with a likely way forward in terms of fire safety design.  The session will also discuss common queries and issues architects encounter in design and on-site with fire safety.

The aim of this seminar is to give architects a clear understanding of their responsibilities under Building Regulations, improve their knowledge in the field of fire safety, give an update on current challenges, and provide answers to some common queries.

Course Content:

  • How recent events are changing the regulatory environment in the UK and Ireland (e.g. ‘Raising the Bar’, ‘Golden Thread’ and Competency);
  • Common Queries in Fire Safety Design including;
    • External Fire Spread & Facade Design for Fire Safety – New Regulation 7.
    • Evacuation Strategies for Different Occupancies;
    • Ventilation requirements in Fire Design of Buildings, Flats, Atria, Basements, Car Parks and Fire Fighting;
    • Open Plan Flats – Where the Limits Lie; and
    • Structural Fire Protection & Fire Stopping.
  • Importance of follow through of expertise to on-site and common errors;
  • Changes to the Approvals System in Ireland in 2014 and how it has been working. Design Certifier and Assigned Certifier Roles. Is this a likely route for the UK? Chance to get ahead of the curve;
  • What designers can be doing now to improve Fire Safety of Buildings; and
  • How the role of Fire Engineer fits into the RIBA Plan of Work.


The course is presented by Eoin Troy from Goldsmith Engineering who provide Fire Engineering, Assigned Certifier, Health & Safety (PSDP) and Access Consultancy services in the UK and Ireland.  Eoin opened the Belfast Office of Goldsmith Engineering following 13 years of experience based in London as technical lead for Bureau Veritas (formerly Fusion Fire Engineering). Eoin has worked on over 500 projects across many sectors including the Oval Cricket Ground; International Convention Centre Wales at Celtic Manor; the Royal Exchange; St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and Bedales School.