Originally built in 1904, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular and iconic locations in Dublin. It has seven floors built around a large, pint glass-shaped atrium that would hold just over 14 million pints if it were filled. The storehouse also features beautiful original steelwork and flooring.
MSA were hired to develop and implement a solution for the Guinness Storehouse’s major fire safety challenges. If a fire were to break out and spread throughout the building, it would prove catastrophic for Guinness’s business. However, applying modern fire protection products such as intumescent paint would prove expensive and negatively impact the building’s character.
Since the Guinness Storehouse’s steelwork and flooring needed to remain exposed (i.e. not covered by fire protection), MSA performed an exhaustive fire severity analysis to work around these limitations. We spent several months studying how fires could develop and spread within the building.