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London's burning – but safely

London's Burning

Arup helped set London ablaze safely by providing fire and environmental advice for the London’s Burning festival finale on Sunday.

Public arts events charity Artichoke commissioned Arup for the project, which involved burning a 36.5m long wooden replica of the 1666 city skyline in a re-enactment of the Great Fire of London.

The fire engineering team carried out fire safety assessments and testing to make sure the spectacle was safe for Londoners to enjoy.

The 1666 Great Fire of London led to building regulations such as The London Building Act of 1667 which were, for the first time, enforced by surveyors.

“Even 350 years on, the impact of the Great Fire is still being felt in our approach to planning for and dealing with fire in the built environment,” said Arup fellow and global fire leader Barbara Lane.

“As we push the boundaries of architectural design and use innovative materials and modern methods of construction for environmental reasons, a total fire engineering approach where fire risk is considered from project inception to operation, is more important than ever.

“We are immensely proud to contribute to the commemoration of an event that shaped London as we know it today.”

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