Remodel, Recycle or Rebuild? - Addressing the Fire Safety Challenges of Repurposing Skyscrapers

Simon Lay
Director
OFR Consultants, Manchester

Some of our established world cities are already facing the challenge of older tall building stock that is no longer relevant to the most commercially attractive uses. One of the biggest challenges faced by any re-purposing of high-rise buildings is fire safety because there has, in the past, been a tendency to minimize fire safety costs by tailoring solutions as closely as possible to the building's perceived needs – but needs change. By reference to trends in tall building design and legacy building examples, the drivers for refurbishing and re-purposing tall buildings were explored along with the fire safety challenges that result. Solutions relating to existing building stock and planning for future reuse in new buildings were discussed.

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