Fire Safety Design

About the course

What will I learn?
Key pieces of legislation along with methods for identification and quantification of hazard and risk as well the strategic approaches to fire safety design will be reviewed. The engineering design of specific fire safety systems such as: means of escape, detection and warning, emergency lighting, smoke control and fire extinguishing will be presented and the main sources of more detailed information and guidance will be identified and reviewed. By necessity the course concentrates mainly on buildings; however, the principles presented are applicable to other systems.You’ll also work through example calculations and design problems.

How will I benefit?
The course will give you a structured, organised and comprehensive framework for fire safety and building fire protection design. On completion of the course you should be in a position to make a significant contribution in the design of appropriate fire safety systems for a fairly complex building or structure. A full copy of the Building Regulations, Approved Document B will also be provided if you attend the first day of the course.

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you’ve recently been given responsibility in fire safety and if you’re looking for structured and comprehensive guidance on the fundamentals of fire safety design methods and approved practices. It will be of particular relevance if you’re:

  • an architect

  • a building technologist

  • a building surveyor

  • a quantity surveyor

  • a building control officer

  • an estate manager

  • a fire officer

  • a loss adjuster

  • a loss assessor

  • an insurer

  • a company fire safety officer

  • a Health and Safety Executive staff member

  • a fire consultant


Please note that although we remain devoted to the programme specified, we reserve the right to vary the programme in detail if required to do so by factors beyond our control.

Day one: Means of Escape/Human Behaviour in Fires/UK and New EU Testing Standards

Registration and coffee: 8.30 – 9am

  • Regulatory framework

  • Introduction to compartment fires

  • Means of escape

  • Human behaviour in fire - basic principles, modelling and design

  • Travel time as an alternative to travel distance

  • Testing standards

Day two: Detection and Warning Systems, Emergency Lighting and Structural Protection

  • Detection and warning systems with case studies

  • Healthcare fire safety strategies 

  • Aspects of passive fire protection in building design

  • Emergency lighting

  • Alarm systems and sound level calculation

  • Building design 

  • Course dinner for delegates and speakers

There will be the opportunity to attend a course dinner on Tuesday evening at a city centre restaurant which provides an excellent opportunity to network with other delegates and course speakers, this is offered free of charge to course delegates and we would be delighted for you to attend.

Day three: Smoke Control Systems (Ventilation and Pressurisation)

  • The physics and hazards of smoke

  • Smoke control in fire safety design – engineering principles

  • Smoke and heat exhaust ventilation (SHEVS) for single and multi – storey buildings

  • Application of pressure differential systems (PDS) 

  • Alternative approaches 

  • Car parks and tunnels

  • Alternatives to staircase pressurisation 

  • Comparison of hand and CFD predictions for simple smoke control systems and discussion on the important inputs and variables

Day four: Suppression installations - sprinkler and CO2 systems

  • Automatic sprinkler protection systems

  • Sprinkler system design calculations

  • Carbon dioxide suppression systems

  • Developing technologies for fire suppression

Day five: Fire Safety Engineering (Risk Assessment)

  • Practical fire risk assessments

  • Risk assessment of external wall construction

  • Qualitative design review (QDR)

  • Quantitative fire risk assessment

Course finish time:  3.15pm


Course Director
Dr Roth Phylaktou, University of Leeds


Kevan Brelsford, Independent Fire Engineer
David Crowder, DCCH Experts LLP
Beth Dean, Maze Fire Consulting
Matt Fraser, P4 Fastel
Sally Friswell, Associate Director, Fire Engineering, Arup
Paul Galbraith, Consultant
James Gall, Fire Safety Engineer, Regent Fire Consultants
Conor Logan, Technical Director, Colt International Limited
Allan Macpherson, FM Global
Cristian Maluk, Semper Fire Engineering
Ryan McCreadie, OFR Consultants
Stewart Miles, Kiwa IFC Group
Colin Newman, Healthfire Limited
Professor David Purser, Hartford Environmental Research
Joe Ruane, Fire Risk Management Associates
David Wickham, International Paint

Fee information

Course fees:

Full five days: £TBC

Any one day: £TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • course dinner – Tuesday evening

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.​​

Weetwood Hall Estate
Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5PS


The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue Weetwood Hall Estate please contact Emma Barker or Stevie Standerline E: / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Fire Safety Design’ course.

Bedrooms are subject to availability with free of charge cancellation 48 hours prior to arrival:
Friday – Sunday – bed and breakfast £93 
Monday – Thursday – bed and breakfast £97 

Rates are per night for sole occupancy in a classic double room and inclusive of VAT.

A list of alternative hotels is available on request.

What our delegates say

“Excellent course for Fire Safety Design, strategic approaches, key pieces of legislation and methods for identification and quantification of hazard and risk.”
Andri Anastasiou, Cyprus Fire Service

“An excellent course which blended all aspects of fire safety design to inform all practitioners, regardless of discipline. This course would benefit building managers, systems installation designers and regulators.”
Kevan Brelsford, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

“Great overview on a range of fire safety aspects. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend for anyone new to the fire related industry.”
Hana Hussain, Ove Arup & Partners

“I found the course to be a comprehensive program of CPD covering systems and management tools used for fire protection in buildings.”
Steve Hatton, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

Contact us

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: +44 (0)113 343 2494


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This course has been approved for 32 continuing professional development (CPD) hours by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and is an IFE Recognised Training Course.

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