The project consists of the renovation of Imperial Chemical House (1929), classified as a building of special interest suitable for becoming a prestigious residential complex on the bank of the Thames, near the Westminster's Palace. In accordance with the local legislation, the change of use has led to the increase of the fire resistance requirement, requiring the intervention of passive fire protection of bearing structures.
ALER Azienda Lombarda Edilizia Residenziale - Piazza Ferrara Building (Milan)
Assembly Hotel - ex Alhambra House (London)
A few steps from Trafalgar Square in London, with an area of 3500 m² and a height of 35 meters, the former Alhambra House was originally designed as a centre of offices and later converted into a hotel. The fire resistance requirement of structures has been increased following the change of the intended use. The passive fire protection methodology has been weighted analysing the type of construction and services required.The solution with intumescent paint has therefore been chosen.
Protected Rest Home Senior Hotel Arcadia (Casalecchio di Reno - BO)
Real Estate Complex MIDI "Porta Europa" (Bologna)
University College San Tommaso d'Aquino (Bologna)
Donnybrook House (Dublin)
The office and service centre of Donnybrook House, in the Dublin city centre, covers an area of 6500 m² and is an important economic and industrial hub of the city. Following the work of building renovation, a greater requirement of fire resistance of the structures has been defined. The analysis of structures in accordance with the current regulations has proved impossible to achieve the required performance. Work then proceeded with the design of a passive fire protection solution.
Europa House (Portsmouth)
Grand Central Hotel (Belfast)
The restructuring of Windsor House (1974), one of the city symbols, led to the transformation of the 23-storey tower in the "Grand Central Hotel". Being a building with a relevant fire-safety height, the bearing structures should satisfy the most stringent of the fire resistance requirements, requiring the intervention of passive fire protection and its subsequent certification.
Green Park (Cento - FE)
Hilton Canopy Hotel - (London)
The project, in proximity to both the stylish City of London and the more edgy and energetic East End, is a part of a mixed-use development which involves the transformation of the office space into a new hotel - Canopy by Hilton London City. The layout comprises of three blocks: the first two blocks underwent the removal of the existing façade, maintaining the superstructure, while the third is a new build. All three blocks will feature an impressive metal clad façade.
Hotel Continental (Zola Predosa - BO)
Hotel Corona d'Oro 1890 S.r.l. (Bologna)
Hotel Garnì Riviera Gargnano (Brescia)
Hotel Internazionale (Bologna)
Hotel Monte del Re (Dozza - BO)
Hotel Principe (Modena)
Hotel Rossini 1936 (Bologna)
Hotel Unaway (Bologna)
Meridiana Gold - Residential Building (Casalecchio di Reno - BO)
N'Djamena International Conference Center (Chad)
Palace of Varignana Resort and Spa (Varignana - BO)
Varignana Palace is a building complex represented by a central fabrication block constructed in 1705, formerly known as Palazzo Bentivoglio, around which several recently built structures emerge, connected to each other by underground paths or walkways crossing the luxuriant park surrounding the property. Our aim was to assess the load-bearing capacity of steelwork in fire conditions and to design an appropriate protection system so that the structures satisfy the required fire rating. The buildings that were considered in the analysis were the court, the spa and the banqueting hall.
Royal Hotel Carlton (Bologna)
Samhan Heritage Hotel Marriot (Riyadh - Saudi Arabia)
Fire protection design for the new construction of a resort that includes lodging, restaurants, conference rooms, mosque, SPA.
"Frascari" Tower (Castelmaggiore-BO)
"Unifimm" Tower (Bologna)
TSH - The Student Hotel (Firenze)
The design of a new complex TSH - The Student Hotel, involves the construction of 2 buildings (Building A and Building B), both comprising of 4 underground levels, mainly used for parking, and 5 levels above ground, mainly intended for hotel/student accommodation use, for a maximum height above ground of about 21.74 m and a maximum underground level of -13.59 m. Two buildings are separated on levels above ground by a large open-air pedestrian passage, which appears as a public gallery running through the entire block. Two buildings connect again at the rooftop-garden level with 2 walkways. The buildings bring together several uses including hotel/student accommodation, gym, offices, retail, restaurant, conference rooms, archive, parking as well as auxiliary technical rooms.
Private Multi-specialty Nursing Home (Reggio dell'Emilia)
San Petronio Nursing Home (Bologna)
Nursing home San Pier Damiano Hospital (Faenza-RA)
Physical Rehabilitation non-hospital centre - hospital health unit of South Tyrol (Bolzano)
Hospital Complex S. Orsola and Malpighi (Bologna)
Isokinetic S.r.l. (Bologna, Milan, Verona, Turin)
Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute (Bologna)
The Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute is an institution of hospitalization and care that includes health care and research. The hospital facility embraces both the orthopaedic-trauma area and the rehabilitation one in a complex of historical and artistic importance. The activity carried out involved both the fire-safety design and the study of escape flows, specifically the activity for which the fire-safety design has been performed relates to the Hospital complex in question developed in two main buildings: the Hospital - Modern Wing mainly used as a hospital and the Monumental Building used as Day Services Health Centre. The activity carried out aimed to study the escape flows of people in complex and strategic buildings, through the use of software dedicated to the evacuation modelling according to Fire Safety Engineering principles. This is how the problems related to the lengths of escape routes were resolved guaranteeing an evacuation of people as provided for in the legislative timeframe.
Medical Center (Pointe Noire - ENI Congo)
Bentivoglio Hospital (Bentivoglio - BO)
IDF has been appointed to carry out the fire resistance assessment of the load-bearing capacity of the reinforced concrete elements located in the basement of the main building of the new emergency department of Hospital of Bentivoglio.
Bellaria Hospital "Carlo Alberto Piazzardi" (Bologna)
"B.Ramazzini" Hospital (Carpi - MO)
Melegnano Ospedale di Circolo (Melzo - MI)
Geriatric Hospital - "Camillo Golgi" Institute (Abbiategrasso - MI)
Mazzolani Vandini Hospital (Argenta - FE)
Santa Maria Nuova Hospital (Florence)
Serristori Hospital (Figline Valdarno - FI)
SS. Annunziata Hospital (Cento - FE)
Villa Maria Eleonora Hospital (Palermo)
Villa Torri Hospital (Bologna)
Pediatric Surgery Centre (Entebbe - Uganda)
St. Orsola - Malpighi General Hospital (Bologna)
Padua University General Hospital at Via Giustiniani (Padua)
"Barberini" Health Centre (Crevalcore - BO)
Hospital Facility of Magenta (Magenta - MI)
Retail and offices
Alcott - Capri S.r.l. (Bologna)
Apple Store (Brussels, Carugate - MI, Bologna, Turin)
Banca di Forli - Credito Cooperativo (Forli)
Banca Popolare di Cividale del Friuli (Cividale del Friuli - UD)
The design involved a building called "Asta Servizi" of Centergross S.r.l. Due to changing management needs the building has been subjected to a new conformity assessment for some points relating to the semi-basement and the entire surface of the floors.
Eurosia Shopping Center (Parma)
Commercial Center of Gran Reno (Casalecchio di Reno - BO)
IDF studio has been appointed to develop a performance-based analysis for the extension of Gran Reno Shopping Centre in Casalecchio di Reno, as well as an update of the existing Fire Safety Management program. The centre, constructed in 1993, is composed of a vast complex for commercial use of two floors above ground level and a multi-storey garage. Such extension involves the construction of new spaces with a public gallery, connected to the existing one. It extends over a total area of about 25000 mq for ground and first floor, and 4300 mq on the second floor, mainly dedicated to eatery.
The business, which has been subject of evaluation, is related exclusively to the garage business of the shopping centre that is carried out on two levels with a total surface area of 15,610 m² and having a total number of 595 parking spaces. The garage is extended on 2 levels (underground floors) consisting of two fire-containment sections with a surface of 7960 m² - section 1 (level -1, 297 parking spaces) and 7650 m² - section 2 (level -2, 298 car places). The activity carried out consisted, through the design of fume control systems and fire prediction, in using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to analyse and solve problems involving the motion of the fumes and their evacuation through the application of the Jet Fan plant systems according to international standards.
Decathlon Italia S.r.l. (Castel San Pietro Terme - BO)
Echo Building (Liverpool)
The site is located in the Liverpool's commercial district, next to the Mersey river. It comprises of a Post & Echo Building complex constructed in the 70s. It is a brutalist style building that stands 73m tall at 18 storeys, making it the tenth tallest building in the city. The tower affords fantastic panoramic views across the city and the renowned World Heritage waterfront. It was occupied by Liverpool Echo and Daily Post newspapers and the refurbishment will provide a mixed-use building including a hotel with 207 no. bedrooms, car parking, retail and office space. In accordance with the local legislation, the change of use has led to the increase of the fire resistance requirement, requiring the intervention of passive fire protection of bearing structures. IDF was engaged in structural fire resistance assessment of reinforced concrete structures, as well as those having combustible wooden boards used as a permanent shuttering.
Former General Storehouses (Verona)
FICO - Eataly World S.r.l. (Bologna)
Finsbury Tower (London)
This outdated 1960s tower consists of 16 storeys and is just under 60m in height. £130M redevelopment involves the partial demolition and extension of 12 floors, added to the existing structure, as well as a three-storey extension to an adjoining podium building, creating another landmark in the Borough of Islington. Once complete, the building will provide commercial office space, retail and restaurant space, as well as social housing. To ensure compliance with the Building Regulations, fire rating of the existing reinforced concrete flat slabs is upgraded and the final sign-off is carried out by IDF.
Furla S.p.a. (Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport Rome)
Future Food District - Expo 2015 S.p.a. (Milan)
"Intesa San Paolo" skyscraper (Turin)
Halle Freyssinet (Paris)
The project consists of the renovation of the old train depot of the Halle Freyssinet, a National Historic Monument originally used as commercial transport interchange, now destined to become the largest incubator of start-ups in the world. The building, with its main structure made of prestressed reinforced concrete, is composed of three parallel aisles provided with barrel vaulted ceiling and illuminated by skylights and two lateral canopies which act as a counterweight and optimize the concrete structure. Located on the wide central area, completely open, the start-up boxes are made with a new steel structure independent from the historic one made of concrete. Specifically, the fire resistance rating involved the supporting elements of the new steel structures placed along the aisles, connected to each other by means of steel walkways and carrying the work boxes. The analyses managed to determine the most suitable protection system and to certify the achievement of the relevant requirement, in compliance with the French legislation adopted.
Imolatorre S.r.l. (Imola - BO)
KIA Motors (Milan)
Kontatto S.r.l. (Centergross - Bologna)
La Meridiana S.p.a. (San Lazzaro di Savena - BO)
La Saponeria (Bologna)
LA PERLA Global Management S.r.l. (Bologna)
The activity for which the fire safety design has been performed relates to an industrial establishment mainly used for the production of underwear.
Maison Gucci (Milan)
Maisons du Monde (Bologna)
Monte dei Paschi di Siena (Mantova)
MOP S.r.l. (Rimini)
OBI Italia S.r.l. (Prato)
Fire safety design regarding the OBI commercial activity in order to increase quantities of flammable liquids and liquids/fuel oils within the sales area, due to the changing business and operational needs.
Ortofrutticola Parma S.r.l. (San Lazzaro di Savena - BO)
Piquadro S.p.a. (Gaggio Montano - BO)
New Ministerial Office - ARPT Headquarters Autorité de Regulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications (Bab-Ezzouar - Algeria)
"Esso" Palace (Magliana - RM)
Poste Italiane S.p.a. (Parma)
CNA National Headquarters (Rome)
Sportswear Company S.p.a. (Ravarino - MO)
ECU Supermarket (Castenaso - BO)
Conad Supermarkets (Ozzano Emilia, Castello di Serravalle - BO)
As a hub of Emilia Romagna High Technology Network, Technopole (Bologna, Italy) will become an international reference point for digital economy, big data, climate change and super-computing, thanks to European and national investments.
Located in the area of the former tobacco factory on the outskirts of Bologna, a masterpiece of industrial architecture from the 1960s, today is brought back to life thanks to a skillful architectural refurbishment.
IDF was appointed to carry out fire prevention design, construction management and final sign-off in Test Commissioning Level V phase (Integrated System Testing – IST) of the IT Center for data processing and archiving of the European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The IST test continued for 5 days in order to ensure the integrated operation of the various plant systems.
Former Alstom Area, A and B Building. The project consists of the demolition and new construction of buildings in the former Alstom area, for the establishment of a Commercial Building (A Building) and a Residential Building of 7 floors above ground (B building) with an underlying Garage.
"CFC" Tower - Casablanca Finance City (Casablanca)
The project is part of developing a new area dedicated to international finance (Casablanca Finance City), which will cover 320 hectares and will include more than one million square meters of offices. Specifically, the fire resistance rating involved the metallic structures embodying the entrance lobby to the tower and the lower and upper brise-soleil structures. The analyses managed to determine the most suitable protection system and to certify the achievement of the relevant requirement, in compliance with the French legislation adopted for the tower design.
The project concerns the analysis of fire safety of the industrial complex owned by Zanichelli Editore S.p.A. The complex is made up of two buildings, with a total surface area of approximately 15.000 m², for the storage and transport of library material. Since the separation distance between the buildings is lower than that imposed by legislation and wishing to justify a reduction of the fire-resistance requirement, always in compliance with fire safety, it was necessary to demonstrate that the building can be considered isolated. For this purpose, by means of using finite element software, structures subjected to the action of the natural fire curve, evaluated considering the most severe scenario, resulted to be affected by a favourable collapse mechanism (no sway), which typically provides the confinement of the collapse mechanism and the implosion of the structure, without thereby undermining the stability of adjacent structures. In addition, the activity has also carried out the identification of flexible and economic design solutions through the principles of Fire Safety Engineering where it was possible to guarantee, operating in the field of fire resistance and disposal of smoke and heat, a high level of global security.
Delta Med S.p.a. - Storage of Plant Protection Products (Viadana - MN)
GD - Storage and Distribution (Bologna)
ELT - Extremely Large Telescope (Chile)
ELT Extremely Large Telescope will be world's largest optical telescope, consisting of a primary mirror with a 39 m diameter. The optical system will be supported by a 62 m high metallic structure with 71 m diameter, placed on reinforced concrete foundation, and protected by a rotating metal dome 80 m high and with 92 m diameter. Two sets of laterally-opening doors form the observing slit, providing needed protection to the telescope in inclement weather and during the day. ELT is currently under construction in Cerro Armazones in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, at 3000 msl. IDF was the appointed consultant for all aspects of fire engineering, for this extraordinary project in all its complexity: from Fire Strategy Design in compliance with international and Chilean regulations of reference, performance-based analysis of people and smoke evacuation models, passive fire protection solutions in synergy with Cimolai, to active fire protection systems design. ELT – Extremely Large Telescope Chile – ESO/L.Calçada
Enel (Bologna, Reggio Emilia)
Fire safety design relating to a Primary Cabin consisting of 5 fixed electrical machines with the presence of combustible liquid.
Faac - (Zola Predosa - BO)
Fabbri 1905 S.p.a. (Anzola dell'Emilia - BO)
Fatro S.p.a. - Ozzano dell'Emilia (BO)
3F Filippi Spa (Pianoro - BO)
Fini Compressors S.p.a. (Zola Predosa - BO)
Ferrari S.p.a. - Edificio Building (Maranello - MO)
The Ferrari's New Sports Management (GES), which houses the main activities of the Formula 1 team, the technical and administrative offices and production workshops, occupies a total area of about 9000 m² in addition to the surrounding green areas and the internal roads, for a total of 16000 m². The building is on four levels, two underground and two above the ground. The edges are rounded to communicate an image of lightness and dynamism. The structure was made of reinforced concrete up to the ground floor, while the part above the ground was chosen to be made of steel, so as to allow possible future extensions of the building.
The IDF study evaluated the fire resistance of steel structures. The analyses managed to determine the most suitable protection system and to certify the achievement of the relevant requirement.
Ferrari S.p.a.- New Sports Management (Maranello-MO)
FM LOGISTIC SA (Capriata d'Orba - AL)
Glenair Italia S.p.A. (Bologna)
Gambro s.p.a. (Mirandola - MO)
Hawort Italia (Imola, San Giovanni in Persiceto - BO)
IMA Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.a. (Ozzano dell'Emilia - BO, Bentivoglio - BO)
Interporto Bologna (Argelato - BO)
Italdreni srl (San Polo d'Enza - RE)
Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Borgo San Michele - LT)
Lombardini S.p.a. (Centergross - Bologna)
Macron S.p.a. (Crespellano - BO)
The activity for which the fire safety design has been performed relates to a newly-built isolated shed used for storing textile material.
NCV Warehouses (Crespellano, Valsamoggia - BO)
The building owned by N.C.V. Soc.Coop. S.r.l. is used as a deposit of forklifts of the Toyota group and of materials, various accessories and spare /maintenance parts used in support of storage activities. It is extended over a single floor above the ground for a total area of approximately 8400 m² and its maximum internal height is approximately 8.09 m. In the context of large-scale distribution and logistics, through the development of an accurate study of organizational and operational mode according to the principles of Fire Safety Engineering, actions have been undertaken in order to provide high operational flexibility.
Mallinckrodt Dar S.r.l. (Modena)
Marcegaglia S.p.a. (Ravenna, Mantova)
Metal Sab - Multifunctional building (Bondeno - FE)
Nespak S.p.a. (Massa Lombrada - RA)
Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Srl (Sovicille - SI)
Number 1 Logistic Group S.p.a. (Secugnago - LO)
Officine Meccaniche SIRIO S.r.l. a S.u. (San Giovanni di Ostellato - FE)
Olitalia S.r.l. (Forlì - FC)
OMC Vicenza (Vicenza)
This is a new steel shed used as a warehouse, in the frame of procurement of Vicenza's OMC upgrading works for the maintenance of the Trenitalia's fleet of high speed trains. The structure consists of 5 structurally independent buildings, for a total area of about 11000 m². The fire resistance checks have affected the main and secondary metallic structures of the various buildings of the new shed, managing to define the most suitable protective system for the achievement of the necessary fire resistance requirements and related certification.
Omincos Group S.r.l. (Bagnolo Cremasco - CR)
The aforementioned activities have got a productive complex a portion of which is represented by two warehouses (constituting a single fire safety compartment), characterized by a map surface of about 1171.6 m² and a maximum height of 16.7 m for the automated warehouse and 11.9 m for the traditional warehouse. The solutions provided in the field of bulk logistics and for the largest manufacturers of automated deposits are based on heat transfer models and collapse modes capable of determining the effects of fire, the constructive measures and mechanisms for the definition of the specific mode of collapse.
Ompi - Stevanato Group (Piombino Dese - PD)
Nuova Ompi s.r.l. is a major leading company in the pharmaceutical sector. The company is established in two buildings where productive, administrative and commercial activities take place. The two buildings communicate with each other at the first floor level with an overhead walkway. The activity carried out by IDF has been oriented towards systems engineering consulting and Fire Safety Engineering in order to optimize production processes and ensure business continuity.
This company is one of the major European manufacturers of position switches, micro-switches, safety devices, safety modules, foot switches, control and signalling devices, devices for elevators. Two floors of the plant are above the ground and one floor is underground. For manufacturing companies of the European context, skills and knowledge have been developed by producing engineering solutions in the context of the optimization of plant systems for evacuation and disposal of fumes according to the Fire Safety Engineering principles.
Pizzoli S.p.a. (Funo di Argelato - BO)
Poligrafici Il Borgo (Bologna)
The project consists in checking the preservation of the load-bearing capacity of a warehouse of reels located in a factory owned by Centro Stampa Poligrafici S.r.l., used mainly for printing newspapers and commercial material. The building in question is extended over a single floor above the ground and has a supporting structure made with pillars and trusses made of steel. The covering trusses are made with very slender angle profiles, thus being subject to instability phenomena, and given the high section factors it appears that they cannot be protected with common passive protection systems. Therefore in order to demonstrate the achievement of the fire safety objectives a performance approach has been undertaken - FSE, identifying the various fire scenarios related to the activity, the most serious one and checking, through the use of software to the finite elements, that the structure, subjected to the natural curve of fire, maintains its mechanical characteristics of stability under the action of fire for at least 30 minutes. The guarantee should also include the absence of damage to other buildings due to structural collapse, it was verified that the structure, subject to the natural curve of fire, was affected by a favourable collapse (no sway) mechanism that typically involves confinement of the collapse mechanism and structure implosion. The analyses carried out have managed to minimize passive protection interventions, restricting them to only a few elements, with a consequent reduction of costs related to fire safety adjustment and considerable economic savings.
Pollini S.p.a. (Forlì, Cesena - FC)
Alcisa ham-production plant (Prato)
"Il Resto del Carlino" newspaper - Poligrafici Editoriale (Bologna)
Tyco Fire & Security Spa - AvtoVAZ - Togliatti (Russia)
Trenitalia S.p.a. (Siena)
The area, where the buildings subjected to fire safety design are located being used by Trenitalia S.p.A. for the repair of traction units and locomotives, includes buildings and accessories used as offices for relevant services.
TWIN SET - Simona Barbieri Headquarters (Carpi - MO)
IDF was appointed to evaluate the loadbearing capacity in fire conditions of reinforced concrete members, located in "TWIN SET" industrial warehouse situated in Carpi (province of Modena, Italy). Verifications that were carried out were considering thermal actions induced by ISO 834 curve (nominal fire). Therefore, indirect stresses from structural elements adjacent to those taken into consideration could be deemed negligible, as specified in Eurocode 1-1-2.