Bridgewater Hall

The Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials conference will be taking place at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester’s international concert venue, built to give the best possible space for acoustics. The Hall hosts over 250 performances a year,and is the home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

The remarkable roof appears to hover, weightless, above the building. One of the most fascinating aspects of the Hall’s construction is that the structure floats free of the ground on almost three hundred, earthquake-proof isolation bearings or giant springs, so there is no rigid connection between the 22,500 ton building and its foundations.

Situated in the heart of the city, the Hall is surrounded by a spectacular range of unique architectural styles, making Manchester’s skyline a sight to behold. Local attractions near the Hall include the gothic splendour of Manchester’s Town Hall, where we plan to host the conference dinner, the Central Library, and the Manchester Cathedral – an essential visit in the city with an impressive interior displaying the best late medieval woodwork in the North.

Other points of interest in the area include the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery and if you’re a football fan, a tour of Manchester United’s and Manchester City’s stadiums can be arranged, or a visit to the National Football Museum.

The Bridgewater Hall is accessible by all modes of public transport, and is in walking distance from local eateries, ale houses and bars.

Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield Conservation Area’s 18th-century canal system harks back to the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and you can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now houses the Daniel Libeskind-designed, Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry cultural centre.

Conference Themes include:

  • New Developments in Fire Retardants
  • Investigating Fire Retardant Mechanisms
  • New Developments in Fire Retardant Coatings and Textiles
  • Biobased Fire Retardant Materials
  • Fire Retardants and the Environment
  • Testing, Characterisation and Modelling of Fire Retardant Materials
  • Fibre-Reinforced Composites: Fire Resistant Structures and New Developments
  • Fibre-Reinforced Composites: Reaction to Fire (Heat Release, Smoke and Toxicity) of Composite

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