Adidas recently opened the worlds largest Sport Performance Store in the Avenue de Champs-Elysées - Paris.
Type of works: production of a custom-designed barrier system
Coopers, the UK-based specialists in fire and smoke containment, were commissioned to produce a custom-designed barrier system to prevent smoke penetrating the upper floors of the 1,750 square metre store via the central escalators. The smoke curtains, which were installed by Souchier France, were specifically designed to protect the means of escape for customers, whilst at the same time dramatically reduce the transmission throughout the building of life threatening effluent generated by a fire.
Regulations covering fire and smoke containment systems in public buildings are becoming infinitely more stringent as litigation relating to fire and smoke injuries increases. Leading names such as Adidas are relying on their key suppliers to ensure that they remain within current legislation. Already by the end of 2006 more than 150,000 visitors had passed through the new store a number that included tourists from all over the world. Without doubt customer safety is a vital issue for architects and construction engineers alike when tendering for high profile contracts.
Coopers with its unique links with authorities governing fire legislation, such as BSi and LPCB, has developed an unprecedented track record for providing highly effective barrier systems for multi-national companies at prime locations worldwide. Continual development of new technologies and new products ensures that the company stays ahead of fast moving regulations