Architects flag difficulties with systematic approach to fire protection

Firefighters douse the burning Littlewoods Building in Liverpool

Survey finds fewer than a quarter of professionals have worked on a project with system-led approach in past year

Nearly two years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, a new survey of architects has found wide-ranging concerns over the approach to fire protection taken in their projects.

Only 23% of UK architects have worked on a construction project described as having a “systematic approach to fire protection” in the past year, according to research conducted for a fire-retardant ingredient technology business.

Sixty per cent of the architects who responded said such an approach should be adopted across the industry, with 44% saying a system-led approach was better than reviewing materials, products and designs individually.

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