UGL Solar Power Station Collinsville QLD

APPOINTMENT

Evidence of Suitability Report

CLIENT

UGL Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: TGOOD Australia
Building Certifier: GMA Certification Group

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants provided “Evidence of Suitability” report for the composite panel conforming to fire safety requirements based on the National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 Volume One. The composite panels were installed for wall and ceiling at Control Building (33 kV Switch Room), Collinsville Solar Farm in Central Queensland.

The project is consisted of approximately 180,000 individual solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and have a generation capacity of 42.5 megawatts. It produces enough electricity each year to power up to 15,000 homes. Electric Control Building incorporates various modules including DC switchgear, low voltage AC switchgear, high voltage switchgear, battery bank, inverter and electric panels to meet the project needs.

Cairns International Airport QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Risk Assessment and Audit

CLIENT

Cairns Airport Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Aurecon
Building Certifier: All Construction Approvals

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were commissioned by Cairns Airport Pty Ltd to provide a fire and life safety assessment of the existing International Terminal Building. The building was originally constructed circa 1990 and has since had a major extensions in 1996/97 and 2006.

The scope of work involved –

  • Report on the existing level of fire and life safety; and
  • Provide recommendations to mitigate any increased fire or life safety risks to an acceptable level.

After this initial engagement, FCC were commissioned to provide third party fire engineering consultancy services for the proposed redevelopment and extension works.

Norfolk Island International Airport Norfolk Island

APPOINTMENT

Fire Protection System Design and Tender Documentation

CLIENT

Norfolk Island Regional Council

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Stakeholder: Burnt Pine Travel
Building Certifier: Norfolk Island Regional Council

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed by ‘Norfolk Island Regional Council’to undertake a fire engineering assessment of fire hydrant system installed at the Norfolk Island International Airport. The airport was initially constructed at the time of World War-II and then redeveloped in the year 1989/1990. The airport precinct was under augmentation scheme in line with the Planning Act 2002, Norfolk Island Development Plan No. 5 (Norfolk Island Airport, April 2010). Under the scheme, a new cargo terminal for Burnt Pine Travel was proposed to be added near to Airport Terminal Building.

To assist ‘Norfolk Island Regional Council’in making a determination, the report presented the findings of an assessment undertaken at the time of site inspection and discussions with the stakeholders. The report analyses the adequacy of the existing fire hydrant system and fire hose reels, and provides the details of proposed modifications/requirements in the systems for protecting the Airport Terminal Building and other facilities. Fire hydrant design was also undertaken by FCC for the new fire hydrant services. This included a number of drawings and a specification brief.

Abbot Point Coal Terminal QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Protection System Design

CLIENT

Adani Group

OVERVIEW

The Port of Abbot Point is located 25 km north of Bowen in the Whitsunday Coast of Queensland. This existing port is one of Australia’s most significant emerging bulk coal ports. This was proposed for undergoing a major transformation into a port precinct of global importance. Adani Group made significant progress on infrastructure to support the port development. Coal is exported from the Abbot Point Port Terminal “T1” that is supplied by rail from the Newlands, Collinsville and Sonoma mines.

In addition to “T1” terminal, a new terminal “T0” was proposed that would double the Port of Abbot Point’s capacity from 25 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 50 mtpa. The proposed terminal “T0” was proposed in three phases.

First phase was the subject of Fire Check Consultants (FCC)Fire Mitigation Risk Report. FCC report provided an overview of the existing and proposed projects, the common hazards and risks associated with the coal handling terminal and the proposed fire safety arrangements and design the water mist system (underground mines).

Yungaba House Kangaroo Point Brisbane

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Australand

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Argus Design
Structure: MPN Consulting
Building Certifier: Philip Chun & Associates

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) have been proudly associated with a $25 million redevelopment of Yungaba House into ten exclusive luxury units, a 120-year-old former immigration centre and military hospital.

During the 1840’s,Queensland was a destination for many immigrants from the United Kingdom. The 1880s saw great expansion to Queensland and hundreds of men and women arrived at Queensland ports ready to make a new life. During the prosperous economic climate of 1884, the Queensland Government acquired land at Kangaroo Point and in 1885 invited tenders for the building of an ‘immigration depot’ that would match the optimism of the time and greet the new arrivals.

Yungaba House was completed by the end of 1887 and was receiving immigrants in the New Year of 1888. In 1901 it was used as a reception centre for troops returning from the Boer War. It also served as a military hospital during both the First and Second World Wars.

One of its most significant uses was during the ‘Great Depression’ in the 1930s when it became the headquarters of the project team that designed and built the Jubilee Bridge (later renamed the Story Bridge).

Following the Second World War, Yungaba was again devoted solely to its migrant functions. For over 120 years, Yungaba has been a significant public place. Its significance was recognised with a listing on Queensland’s first heritage register in 1988. It is the only purpose-built immigration depot in Australia.

The Queensland Building Act 1975 allows the Building Certifier discretion on the amount of work required to upgrades and/or alterations to existing buildings such as Yungaba House. The existing level of fire protection consisted of – an existing fire detection and alarm system installed throughout, mainly heat detection, fire hose reel and fire extinguisher. The deficiencies such as no fire separation between rooms originally designed for accommodation and no fire protection to the underside of the first floor were noticed.

FCC provided the performance solutions by recommending the fire safety and fire protection system, for example, at least Type B construction within bounding construction between units, and between units and public corridors; smoke alarm system located inside all units; smoke detection system within common corridors leading to unit entries; retaining and converting the existing heat detection system; and external fire hydrant coverage.

MacArthur Chambers Retail Store Redevelopment QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Precision Group of Companies

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: ML Design
Building Certifier: Certis Building Certification

OVERVIEW

MacArthur Chambers retail store, at ground and mezzanine floors, was forming part of fit-out proposal.
The fire engineering assessment varied the following parts of the Building Code of Australia –

  • Travel distances;
  • Effective exit widths;
  • Distance between exits;
  • Exit discharge;
  • Protection of openings; and
  • Fire compartment size.

Considering the transitional provisions of Standard Building Regulation, Fire Check Consultants invoked performance solutions for the above non-compliance issues.

Queensland Rail Building QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Safety Audit

CLIENT

Queensland Rail Ltd

OVERVIEW

Queensland Rail engaged Fire Check Consultants to undertake fire safety audits on several iconic buildings (Old Central Station, South Brisbane Station, Townsville station, Toowoomba Station, Robina Station, Training Centre and many more) throughout Queensland. The scope of work included the following –

  • Fire safety audit reports to identify non-compliances with current codes and standards and provide recommendations for rectifications;
  • Implement a bar coding system for all fire protection equipment to enable future tracking and streamlined servicing of equipment; and
  • Provide a maintenance specification for fire protection equipment in order for QR to initiate competitive tendering for maintenance contracts of fire protection equipment.

St Johns Cathedral QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Safety Audit and Tender Documentation

CLIENT

Angus Project Management

OVERVIEW

St. John’s Cathedral, located on the Anglican Campus at 373 Ann Street Brisbane, has undergone over 100 years of restoration and extension work.

St John’s Cathedral Chapter commissioned Fire Check Consultants to undertake a fire hazard identification inside similar buildings and to report to the building committee the recommended fire safety measures to prevent fire from occurring and fire control for St John’s Cathedral.

The following buildings in the complex were form part of FCC’s scope of work for fire alarm upgrade such as Cathedral, St Martin’s House, Webber House and Annex, and Church House. FCC invited the tenders for fire alarm upgrade.

Pindara Hospital Carpark QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Pindara Hospital

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Structure: ADCO
Building Certifier: McCarthy Consulting

OVERVIEW

The existing 4-level car park having an area of 13,600 m2was proposed to be extended by 2 levels creating a 6-level car park with a total floor area of 20,400 m2.

The performance requirement issue was considered from the AS 2419.1 for operating the number of fire hydrant outlets required to discharge simultaneously according to the building classification and floor area.

AS2419.1 Table 2.1 requires 3 hydrants for greater than 10,000 m2plus 1 additional hydrant for every additional 5,000 m2, bringing the total required hydrants in operation to 6. Table 2.2 requires unassisted attack hydrants to have 10 L/s, which leads to a total required flow rate of 60 L/s. This flow rate was not achievable out of the installed fire hydrant system.

The aim of the assessment was to rationalise the fire hydrant flow and pressure requirements. The issue was successfully resolved and successfully accepted by all stakeholders.

Symbion Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre Acacia Ridge QLD

APPOINTMENT

Unwanted Sprinkler Activation

CLIENT

Symbion Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre

OVERVIEW

A new warehouse, for Symbion Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre, was constructed at 51 Peterkin St, Acacia Ridge, QLD 4110. The warehouse contains multiple CubyTMand pallet racks for storage. The CubyTM area is classified as high hazard and is protected with a newly installed automatic fire sprinkler system. Tyco ESFR-17 fire sprinklers are installed on all 8 levels, and also at roof level.

While carrying out the final commissioning of the fire sprinkler system within the CubyTM area, one fire sprinkler head was observed to have a minor leak, whilst two fire sprinkler heads fully activated during water filling and pressure testing of the system.

Fire Check Consultants were appointed to determine the most probable cause of fire sprinkler head failure. The intent of the report was therefore to investigate the most likely cause of failure. After site visit, interview and scrutiny of documentations, plausible scenarios were reported to ascertain the cause of fire sprinkler failure.

Carlton & United Breweries QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Carlton &United Breweries Ltd.

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Engineers: McVeigh Consulting Engineers
Building Certifier: Gold Coast Building Certification Group.

OVERVIEW

Packaging hall and warehouse building were proposed to be constructed at the Carlton &United Breweries Limited Yatala Project site. The proposed area of new packaging hall including offices is about 6,000 m2 and warehouse is 25,000 m2 including offices and awnings. Non-conformance issues with the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions were identified as follows –

  • Extended travel distances in warehouse and packaging hall;
  • Automatic smoke ventilation system in warehouse;
  • Automatic fire/ smoke detection system and alarm system in warehouse based on the provision of smoke detection to high ignition risk areas i.e. electrical switch boards;
  • Fire hydrants serving warehouse; and
  • Fire hose reels serving warehouse.

Fire safety engineered alternative building solutions were proposed in order to meet the performance requirements of Building Code of Australia.

Metcash Megacentre Crestmead QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Metcash Megacentre

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Gordon Gould Ipson
Hydraulic: Dennis Cairns &Associates
Building Certifier: Philip Chun &Associates

OVERVIEW

The existing warehouse (dry store) at the Marsden Industrial Estate, Brisbane has been extended as part of stage 2 works.

The proposed extension has a floor area of approximately 49,726m². The extension contains essential commodities that are required to be sold in both IGA and ALM stores.

The building design lead to several building code non-compliance’s. Some of these non-compliance’s included –

  • Rationalisation of smoke management system for the building;
  • Inadequate hose stream jet length and hose coverage;
  • Extended travel distance to exits; and
  • Non-compliant hydrant location.

The fire engineered design resolved these non-compliance issues by providing performance based alternative solutions. Subsequently, Fire Check Consultants were involved with Stage 3 and 4 development, and tender documentation.

CHH Gympie QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

CHH Wood Products

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Carter Hold Harvey
Hydraulic: Spice Consulting
Building Certifier: JMBS Building Certification

OVERVIEW

The subject building is located at Langton Road, Gympie, QLD 4570. This building is predominately an industrial occupancy with warehouse premises thus making this building a large isolated building exceeding volume 108,000 m3.

To protect the life safety of the employees, a combination of National Construction Code Volume One Deemed-to-Satisfy perspective requirements and performance based requirements were considered and proposed. The non-compliance issues were non-availability of fire brigade access; extended travel distances; reduced fire hydrant water flow, lack of masonry radiation walls to protect external fire hydrants; and requirement of smoke exhaust system. All the issues were successfully resolved and successfully accepted by all stakeholders.

Inghams Murarrie QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Inghams Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Wiley
Building Certifier: Philip Chun

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were associated with this project since 1999 and then subsequently in 2008, 2016 and 2017 for the extension of industrial premises.

This building is a large isolated and predominately used as an industrial occupancy with two storey area approximately 20,471 m2. The building works include Live Bird Reception, Despatch Chiller, Truck Wash, Trailer Parking, Workshop in the complex. The building is used for poultry processing, storage and dispatch facility.

FCC were involved with the retrofit of new automatic fire sprinkler system and associated services. Fire Engineering Reports were prepared addressing the issues of extended travel distance within the Despatch Chiller and Live Bird Reception, smoke ventilation system, automatic smoke detection and alarm system, and insulated panel wall materials in the ‘Extension Block’.

To protect the life safety of the employees, a combination of National Construction Code Volume One Deemed-to-Satisfy prescriptive requirements and performance based requirements were considered and proposed. All the issues were successfully resolved and successfully accepted by all stakeholders.

Australian Country Choice QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Safety Audit Report

CLIENT

Australian Country Choice

OVERVIEW

The ‘Future Tech Building’is located on the Australian Country Choice property at 117 Colmslie Road Cannon Hill Qld 4170.

The building was originally built as a beef processing facility in the late 1980s. It has not functioned as a processing facility for a number of years and is currently used by the property owner as a storage facility for palletised cartons, documents and other miscellaneous goods.

The building owner intended to use the building as a permanent storage facility for palletised encapsulated cartons, file storage and miscellaneous storage. The building owner recognised that there might be some fire safety compliance issues that need to be addressed so that the building could be lawfully utilised and occupied for such use.

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were commissioned to undertake a fire safety audit for compliance of the building with codes and regulations applicable at time of inspection. This provided the building owner with an outline of the non-compliant areas that needed to be addressed for lawful use and occupation of the building.The fire safety audit inspection was assessed against the relevant provisions of Parts C, D &E of the Building Code of Australia and the Building Fire and Safety Regulation.

FCC provided a professional engineering opinion under the BCA Section A, Part A2, A2.2 “Evidence of Suitability”.

2PH Farms Emerald QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

2PH Farms

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Structure/Architects: Marshman &Fields
Building Certifier: CQ Building Certification Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

The buildings are predominately a Class 8 packaging facility with a total ground floor area approximately 10,000 m2. This building complex consists of the Main Shed, Mezzanine, Machinery Shed, De-greening Shed and Office.

Main Shed, Awning, Cool Room and Machinery Shed are interconnected and thus making this building complex a single large isolated building exceeding area 2,000 m2. The Machinery Shed is connected through a conveyor to Main Shed. Other structures including anew cool room of area 495 m2 were proposed to be added in the complex.

The Building Certifier identified four main issues as non-compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One. These were non-availability of fire brigade access-way within 18 m to Main Shed (large isolated building) at certain locations;extended travel distance to a point of choice exceeds 20 m in main Main Shed and Machinery Shed; width of exit path less than 1 m; and location of fire hydrant booster assembly.

To protect the life safety of the employees, a combination of NCC Deemed-to-Satisfy perspective requirements and performance based requirements were considered and proposed. The report assessed the NCC non-compliance issues quantitatively and qualitatively, and provides performance solutions that meet the relevant performance requirements of the NCC.

Indoor Sports Stadium Expansion University of the Sunshine Coast QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

University of Sunshine Coast

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: dwp
Building Certifier: Steve Watson & Partners

OVERVIEW

The University of the Sunshine Coast Sports Stadium is an indoor arena at the Sippy Downs Campus. The arena was proposed for up-gradation to increase the seating capacity. Under the expansion scheme, new fixed seating arrangements and function room/meeting room along with its amenities at the eastern side were proposed to be added to form the new-look show court. The stadium facilities mainly include 3 netball, basketball, volleyball and futsal courts, 4 badminton courts, 1 international-sized futsal court, 1 indoor hockey court and timber sports thrust floor.

Fire Check Consultants were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment at the proposed building expansion at Indoor Sports Stadium. The Fire Engineering Report was prepared to address the non-compliance’s with the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions of the National Construction Code and provide performance solutions.

Brisbane Entertainment Centre QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Protection Engineering and Tender Documentation

CLIENT

Brisbane Entertainment Centre Management

OVERVIEW

The Brisbane Entertainment Centre was built in 1985 and is used as and exhibition/entertainment hall and indoor sports venue. The site contains one main building which houses the hall, seating and associated administration and maintenance rooms.

Brisbane Entertainment Centre Management commissioned Fire Check Consultants (FCC) to identify any potential implications resulting from Queensland Urban Utilities [QUU] proposed water pressure reduction.

With reference to QUU pressure and flow modelling projections at the water service entry; hydraulic calculations were prepared to assess the pressure reduction impact on the most disadvantaged hydrant/s performance/compliance.
Also, the maintenance service provider stated that the fire hydrant block plans did not comply with current standards. Brisbane Entertainment Centre Management requested FCC to verify if the block plans were to be updated to meet current standards. The role of fire hydrant booster block plans is to provide attending fire brigade with relevant information of the fire hydrant system.

The report was prepared to detail findings and recommendations, based on the site inspection undertaken and information/ documentation provided. Subsequently, FCC were involved in inviting tenders for the provision of a new water supply system to serve the fire hydrant reticulation within the complex. This upgrade work was required because of the directive by the fire brigade to provide corrective action due to loss of pressure in the existing system. All the non-compliance’s were successfully resolved and successfully accepted by all stakeholders.

Multi-cultural Centre Building Yungaba QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Australand

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Ellivo Architects
Building Certifier: Philip Chun &Associates

OVERVIEW

A new multi-cultural centre on the existing Yungaba site at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane was built. The new multi-cultural centre consisted of –

  • 224 seat auditorium;
  • A servery, seating and ablutions areas on the ground level;
  • First level offices, meeting rooms, plant room and ablutions; and
  • Second level offices and multi purpose rooms and ablutions.

The building design resulted in a Building Code of Australia Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions non-compliance issues. This being that the building’s voids are deemed to be an atrium because more than two consecutive storeys are connected.

A fire engineered performance based solution was applied to the building to resolve the non-compliant issue whilst still providing for required life safety and property protection.

State Equestrian Centre Caboolture QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Moreton Bay Regional Council

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Project Manager: Ridgemill Project Management
Architects: PDT Architects
Building Certifier: Certis Building Certification

OVERVIEW

The State Equestrian Centre was built in Caboolture and consisted of a main arena building, stables and support facilities.

There were a number of Building Code of Australia non-compliance issues which resulted as part of the design. These included –

  • Separation of different classes of use within the same building;
  • Rationalisation of the sprinkler system;
  • Vehicular access surrounding the building for the fire brigade appliance; and
  • Rationalisation of the smoke exhaust and fire detection system within the building.
  • A fire engineered performance based solution was provided to resolve the non-compliance issues.