The project by Baltic Creative was the conversion of a 45,000 sq.ft warehouse in the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool. The building, which used to belong to a brewery, was transformed into an artist-led venue, with studios, galleries and performance spaces.
Olsson Fire & Risk were appointed to support the refurbishment project to help the team maintain flexibility in the use of the space, maximise the lettable floor area and develop a fire strategy that would allow different occupants to have both private and secure spaces, without compromising the escape strategy.
Due to the building being on the site boundary on three sides, none of which have public access, the means of escape for all occupants were to one side of the building only, something which needed to be addressed in terms of means of escape.
As different occupants would be sub-letting space, the importance of developing a fire strategy that did not place onerous restrictions on how the studios are used was pertinent. However, part of our appointment was to describe how the fire safety management and evacuation planning would work and advise on how this may manifest itself in practice.