‘Sprinklers would not save Cupola’

Scaffolding progress at Strada after the fire
Scaffolding progress at Strada after the fire

THE devastating fire which destroyed Cupola House would not have been stopped by a sprinkler system, according to a contractor who had a hand in revamping the building 10 years ago.

Tony Fowler was project manager when the 17th century building was brought back into use in 2003.

Responding to claims that a sprinkler system would have helped, Mr Fowler said: “What would sprinklers have done? Not a lot in my opinion.

“Despite that, it was something we looked into but English Heritage said they preferred them not to be put in.”

Mr Fowler added that English Heritage felt sprinklers could potentially cause ‘unecessary damage’ to listed buildings if they went off in a false alarm.