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Places of Assembly

Whether small and medium places of assembly, such as churches, shopping malls or larger open air venues such as sports stadiums, there is the challenge to create an environment where architecture, landscape, entertainment, culture, and history combine for an unforgettable experience.  At the same time those responsible for the building have to consider the practicalities of the build.  Gerda products assist in meeting fire safety responsibilities in these environments.

Organisations we work with include:

Emirates Stadium – Arsenal Football Club, RICOH Coventry City Football Club, Rugby Football Union, Ipswich Town Football Club, Olympics Villages, Ely Cathedral, The Brighton Centre, Scottish Exhibition Centre,  London Science Museum, Royal Horticultural Society, British Library,  Winchester Guildhall, Parkwood Community Leisure,  London Transport Museum and Lincoln Cathedral amongst others

Please click here to view our places of assembly case studies

Useful Guidance

Fire Safety Risk Assessment for Small & Medium Places of Assembly (click here) 

This guide is for all employers, managers, occupiers, and owners of small (accommodating up to 60 people) and medium (accommodating up to 300 people) places of assembly in England and Wales, including:

  • Public houses

  • Clubs

  • Village halls and community centre

  • Churches and other religious centres

  • Marquees and tents

Fire Safety Risk Assessment for Open Air Events & Venues (click here)

This guide is for all employers, managers and persons responsible for outdoor events and venues in England and Wales, including:

  • Zoos

  • Music concerts

  • Sporting events

  • Firework displays

  • Markets

Fire Safety Risk Assessment for Large Places of Assembly (click here)

This guide is for all employers, managers, occupiers and owners of large places of assembly in England and Wales i.e. where more than 300 people could gather including:

  • Sports stadiums

  • Exhibition and conference centres

  • Large nightclubs

  • Churches, cathedrals, other places of worship

  • Community centres and village halls

  • Common areas of shopping malls

  • Premises that adjoin other complexes such as shopping centres

Fire Safety Risk Assessment for Theatres, Cinemas & Similar Places (click here) 

This guide is for all employers, managers, occupiers and owners both professional and amateur of premises in England and Wales where the main use of the building or part of the building is a theatre, cinema or multi-screen cinema or a combination of these. This guide also includes buildings converted to cinemas or theatres.

  • Theatres

  • Cinemas

  • Concert Halls

Fire Safety Risk Assessment for Animal Premises and Stables (click here)

New fire safety rules affecting all non-domestic premises in England and Wales came into force in October 2006, in accordance with the 'Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (SI 1541/2005)' (ISBN 0110729455). This is one of a series of publications which sets out recommendations and guidance for employers, managers, occupiers, and owners of particular types of premises on how to carry out a fire risk assessment and how to identify general fire precautions required (including fire detection and warning systems, firefighting equipment, escape routes, signs, and training).

This guide covers all equine establishments, stables, livery yards and other animal establishments. It may be used in conjunction with other guides in the series, such as the guide relating to factories and warehouses, to inform risk assessments in other establishments as appropriate.