Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough

The Thomas Deacon Academy is an academy located in Peterborough, England. Built by contractors Laing O'Rourke and designed by Foster and Partners, the academy's construction began in June 2005, and opened to students in September 2007. The academy houses approximately 2,200 students ranging from ages 11-19.

The design consists of clusters of classrooms arranged around a central atrium space which required a full performance based fire engineering design using the framework in BS7974. Steven was the lead fire engineer for the project which includes CFD analysis to validate the smoke clearance system in addition to carrying out wind assessments to determine if the bespoke triangular smoke vents could result in smoke being forced back into the building. CFD assessments determined that the natural form of the undulating roof form meant that with strategic positions of the vents then several smoke reservoirs were created which mitigated the risks of this occurring and affecting egress. The fire engineering strategy was recognized at the Fire Industry Confederation Awards, winning highly commended status for the fire safety strategy that was developed.


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