The fire safety strategy was designed to improve the level of life safety and asset protection within the new gallery space, including a new hybrid ventilation and smoke control system. Arup supported the client and design team during construction and undertook reviews of construction fire safety measures to protect the historic building fabric.
To deliver the fire safety strategy effectively, understanding the unique building structure and design of the new Scottish galleries was paramount. Our experts ensured that a bespoke fire strategy could be implemented into the wider design. The use of both code-based and performance-based design supported Arup in utilising the building’s existing features.
Arup played a pivotal role in not only developing the fire safety strategy but also collaborating closely with the National Galleries of Scotland and Hoskins Architects to enhance the acoustic environment within the new Scottish galleries. The use of finishes and portioning enabled Arup to improve the overall experience for both visitors and staff. This included providing specialist advice and working in conjunction with the National Galleries of Scotland and contractors to assess and mitigate the potential risk of art damage resulting from construction vibration. The dedicated acoustics team at Arup meticulously oversaw the acoustic redesign process, which allowed for a smooth process at all aspects of the acoustic design.