8 – 10 Hatton Gardens

A 19th century office building with ground floor retail units, 8-10 Hatton Gardens had contained small workshop units, used primarily by jewellery trade tenants, until a major refurbishment transformed it into contemporary, open plan offices.

Most of the internal walls were removed to create large open floor plates and office space was also created in the basement and on a mezzanine floor installed in the roof space. In addition, the refurbishment also involved the installation of a new lift shaft but phased construction allowed occupants of retail spaces to operate on a business as usual basis throughout the construction programme.

Such wide-ranging changes to the internal space required a creative system design to answer the new fire safety needs of the building and, having relied on FDS’s innovative approach to fire engineering on previous projects, Wallis Special Projects called on the company’s expertise again.

Thanks to the solutions-driven expertise of the FDS team, the fire safety strategy and installation addressed the means of escape and extended travel distance issues. Furthermore, FDS made extensive use of advanced computer modeling techniques to demonstrate the effectiveness of the specification and gain all mandatory approvals.