DINERS at one of Manchester newest establishments can relax in
the knowledge that Jamie Oliver's Italian Restaurant has been
subject to a rigorous fire safety risk assessment - courtesy of
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
The restaurant, the first the celebrity chef has opened in the
city, is located in the landmark 14-storey building at 100 King
However, before being fitted out for use by 400 diners and other
companies that will use the former banking hall, GMFRS faced the
challenge of ensuring that the building met fire regulations,
whilst still retaining its iconic appearance.
Peter Buckley, Fire Engineering Manager at GMFRS, said: "The
building is constructed of Portland stone around a steel frame. As
a grade 2* listed heritage building, the challenge was devise a
fire engineered solution that would not damage or detract from its
art deco design.
"Our solution involved rearranging the layout of staircases and the
provision of smoke screens - which would allow smoke to gather in a
holding reservoir whilst people make their escape - and the
installation of fire shutters to provide protection to the
Website reviews appear to confirm Peter's approach with one
describing the restaurant as a 'majestic mix of original art deco
styling, and cutting edge design features. Sunlight streams through
towering arched windows onto a polished, marble-clad interior,
whilst pretty stained glass and library lamp-topped benches offer a
hint of distinguished nostalgia.'
Peter adds: "It's pleasing to hear such comments and pleasing that
our work with the designers and architects behind this new
enterprise has not had any detrimental effect on what is clearly an
And advising TV chef's isn't the only high-profile work Peter and
his team have recently undertaken. They are also in the process of
advising Manchester City Football Club on the fire safety
requirements for their proposed Â£100m academy development in east
Manchester that includes training facilities, accommodation and