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Canada House

Building Surveys

Black Cat were instructed on behalf of a property company looking to acquire a freehold interest for investment purposes, and found a nine-storey listed building constructed in 1909 with part basement and ground retail and offices to the upper floors.

The property had been operating with a reduced occupancy rate when compared to institutional standards, as imposed by the Statutory Authority due to inadequate means of escape.

Introduction of a sprinkler tank to supplement the existing mains fed installation, and enhancing the fire resistance of the existing corridor wall in a way that would not be detrimental to the historical aspects of the timber and glass screens, demonstrated to the Fire Authority reasonable life safety provision, enabling the restriction to be removed.

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