Echo Street in Manchester, described as the UK’s “first purpose-built co-living development”, has recently secured planning permission and is set to start construction in 2019.
Omega Fire completed the fire safety design for the development which will see the existing Chandos House student accommodation demolished to make space for three interconnected towers, consisting of 624 beds and a mix of student residential and co-operative living flats for recent graduates and young professionals. Co-Living is a new concept in residential development in the UK and is a way of living that is centred on creating community and social living, designed to provide a vibrant work/life hub for residents.
We were able to demonstrate to Building Control and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service that extended travel distances within the common spaces are efficiently protected by mechanical ventilation systems and sprinklers. We have also worked closely with iQ Student Accommodation to ensure that the fire safety design of the building matches the Health and Safety requirements of the operator at the early design stage, thereby reducing the risk of future changes later in the construction process.
We are excited to be involved in delivering this innovative living solution in the heart of Manchester.
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