Coach Park Housing Development is a prime residential development located in the northwest of Gibraltar.
The Government of Gibraltar commissioned the engineering and construction division of Casais (Gibraltar) Ltd to construct this development. The scheme is part of the government’s commitment to provide affordable housing in the country.
The scheme comprises 6 apartment blocks varying in height between 5 and 8 floors and will provide a total of 328 apartments. Building work is now well underway on site with the development due for completion by the end of 2015.
However, the project’s Southern European design features meant that the buildings balcony escape routes were deemed not to comply with Gibraltar Building Rules or British Standards.
Tenos was appointed by Casais to assist them in demonstrating to the Gibraltar Approval Authorities, using fire safety engineering techniques, that the design provided an acceptable level of safety.
Led by Tenos Project Fire Safety Engineer, Andrew Foolkes, Tenos performed a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis for smoke movement on the balcony common escape routes. A comprehensive report outlining findings, conclusions and recommendations was delivered to Casais to assist them in achieving statutory approval from Gibraltar’s Approval Authorities.
This was a fire engineering project that not only required our comprehensive knowledge of UK and international fire safety codes, but our experience of working closely with overseas design teams was essential to assist the client in achieving their design aspirations, whilst providing a fire safety design that met with the requirements of the Approval Authorities.