Over the last 26 years, JGA have advised on a number of prestigious and high profile projects around the world, including major projects in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Russia.  We have a highly experienced team of specialist fire engineers, with international expertise of many building types.

Our current or recent major international projects include Westfield Milan, Primark Gran Via, Madrid, the headquarters buildings for the Central Bank of Kuwait, Qatar Petroleum and the St Petersburg HQ for Gazprom.

International building design poses many different technical challenges to a design team.  The approvals process varies significantly from country to country, with each often having a different approach to deviations from standard code guidance through waivers or relaxations.

In many countries, the building code guidance is not well suited to dealing with large, complex, mixed use projects. This is particularly the case with fire codes, which may not allow the design choices given by a performance based approach.  Strict compliance with these prescriptive codes can often result in design constraints which add cost and compromise the design when a more sophisticated fire engineering analysis could support a more efficient and safer building design.  However, although design regulations may vary from country to country, fire does not.

Over recent years there is a trend to move away from prescriptive codes, and design using international best practice and performance based fire engineering solutions. This approach is increasingly adopted world wide for major projects.

An independent fire strategy review and audit report may also be needed to satisfy the developer, funder, investor or future purchaser that the building design achieves an acceptable standard of fire safety.

Our approach to international work combines knowledge of local codes, as well as leading edge expertise in international design standards.  Our aim is to always provide the most robust and flexible approach to fire safety while minimising unnecessary costs and constraints on designers.


Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
Central Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait
Alswani Hotel and Resort, Al-Birdi, Libya
Qatar Petroleum Headquarters, Qatar

Souk Ispan, Tripoli


CentrO Oberhausen, Germany
Westfield Milan
Gorkogo Park, Kiev
Primark, Gran Via Madrid
Tres Aguas, Madrid
The Point, Malta
Galactica, Moscow
Gazprom HQ, St Petersburg
City Mall, Baku


One Airport Square, Accra, Ghana
Jabi Lake Mall, Nigeria
Commercial Development, Oran, Algeria
New Kampala, Naguru Site, Kampala, Uganda


City Plaza, Hong Kong
Island City Centre Residential, Mumbai
Alexandra Science Park, Singapore
Bukit Batok, Singapore
Far East Square, Singapore
Marina Square, Singapore
Suntec City, Singapore


Marriott, Haiti
Digicel Office HQ, Kingston, Jamaica
Buccamont, Bay, St Vincent