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Architects and designers concerned to incorporate flame installations in design

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79 per cent of architects and designers avoid using flame installations in their projects, a study has revealed…

Architects and designers have growing concerns about including flame in their designs, a study has suggested. 

The research, which was carried out by Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, revealed that the majority of respondents (79 per cent) said they had concerns when it came to incorporating fire and flame in their projects, despite the fact that they often form centrepieces of design work.

Health and safety was cited as the main concern (46 per cent), followed by energy efficiency (39 per cent) and cost (32 per cent). However, respondents also said if health and safety concerns could be addressed and the right technology was available, 53 per cent would be more inclined to use include fire or flame in projects.

“The research demonstrates that there is a definite appetite in the market for alternative ways of incorporating fire into the design of commercial spaces, especially methods that are safer and more cost-effective,” says Jonathan Smith, product marketing manager – Flame Technology, Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation.

“This is something that we are seeing more of in our own business, where the demand for our flame technology and flame effects products is increasing rapidly, giving architects and designers realistic flame options that add to the visual appeal of a space with none of the disadvantages.”

The study surveyed 250 architects and designers across the UK to gauge their opinions on the state of the industry, technology in the design process, and the use of flame in their projects.

The concerns around using fire are consistent with the industry’s overall challenges; architects and designers identified cost reduction (64 per cent), keeping on top of innovation (48 per cent) and health and safety (41 per cent) as their top issues.

The research also highlighted the use of other technologies in the design process with 62 per cent of architects and designs saying that smart technology was already having an impact or would be in the next six months. Almost one-quarter of respondents (24 per cent) said augmented reality would influence the industry within the next 18 months, while 23 per cent said virtual reality would affect it in the next six months. Robotics, 3D modelling and 3D printing, and the use of drones, were also cited as making an impact in the longer term.

Hotel Designs’ would like to know your opinion on whether you would avoid using flame installations in your design because of health and safety factors. Please tweet us @HotelDesigns to have your say. 

Main image credit: Glamm Fire’s Operetta 

Terror attack advice for holidaymakers

Police release hotel terror attack advice video for holidaymakers

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The UK’s Counter Terrorism Police force has released a video, which advises holidaymakers on what to do in the event of a terror attack at a resort.

The four-minute video was made in association with the Foreign Office and Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and depicts an incident at a hotel, describing how to stay safe in such an event.

In the video, holidaymakers are reassured that while the chances of becoming a victim in a terror attack remain ‘extremely rare’, the new approach encourages everyone to be prepared ‘should the worst happen’.

The Run, Hide, Tell message was first introduced in 2015 following the terror attacks in Paris in December. It has now been re-issued by the police in answer to the incident at London Borough Market.

Some 30 British tourists were among 38 people killed when a gunman attacked a Tunisian beach resort in June 2015.

Counter terrorism officials said there is currently no intelligence suggesting Britons will be targeted this summer, but that the film is part of a general awareness campaign.

The video advises:
– Run
If there is a safe route, run. Insist others go with you, but do not let their indecision slow you down. Leave belongings behind
– Hide
If you cannot run, hide. Be aware of your exits. Find cover from gunfire and try not to get trapped. Barricade yourself in and stay away from doors.
– Tell
Call the police as soon as it is safe. Tell them where the attack is happening, where you are and how many attackers you saw.