The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 57 (1979) > Issues > Issue 10 > Discussion on Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester by P. Morreau and N. Baldock
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Discussion on Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester by P. Morreau and N. Baldock

Miss Margaret Law (Ove Arup): I should like to comment on the fire engineering design for this building, since the structure under discussion does not have any fire cladding. It might seem surprising that a theatre holding 750 people which has no structural fire protection at all was deemed acceptable. In our development of the fire safety measures for the Royal Exchange Theatre, we adopted a design approach to fire safety, by setting out our objectives explicitly, rather than trying to meet the letter of the building regulations. For example, it was by no means clear whether the theatre or the Great Hall should be defined as the 'building' for the purposes of the regulations.