Mantra Circle on Cavill Surfer Paradise QLD

APPOINTMENT

Facade Audit

CLIENT

The Body Corporate for Circle on Cavill

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) have been appointed to undertake an audit inspection of the external wall cladding system installed at the motel building namely ‘Circle on Cavill’ located at 9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD.

The intent of the inspection was to determine if the building has utilised external wall cladding material in a ‘non-compliant’ manner (if any), and to identify if any other conditions that could deteriorate into unsafe conditions.

FCC used a Fire Risk Assessment tool “EFFECT™”, an Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The Fox/Hotel Terminus QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Hotel Fox/Terminus

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: PL Architects
Building Certifier: Building Surveying Professionals

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the existing building development.

The Hotel Fox/Terminus is a heritage listed located at South Brisbane. It was proposed for alterations and additions. The hotel is a four storey building and constructed prior to December 1993.

The fire engineering solution was to identify and isolate all plausible ignition sources. The major concerns were the risk to life and property by fire and smoke spread, since the floors are of timber construction and the access stairs are not fire isolated.

An engineered solution was developed, wherein the effects of a fire in the basement and ground floor were analysed using a Consolidated Fire and Smoke Transport Model (CFAST). The analysis did show that smoke will migrate via the non fire isolated internal stairs and affect the occupants in the above levels before they could evacuate.

To prevent smoke migration, adequate fire safety measures were proposed. All electrical cupboards were enclosed in non combustible construction having smoke seals.

This provided the required fire and smoke separation for all building occupants to evacuate in a timely manner. The building also had a new smoke detection and alarm system installed along with adequate emergency and exit lighting. The fire engineering solution had shown that both the occupants and fire fighters were able to attain life safety factors greater than that implied by the Building Code of Australia.

The Stanley Hotel & Suites Papua New Guinea (PNG)

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Dynasty Development Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Design Network Architects, Malaysia
Consulting Structural &Civil Engineers: Stocks &Partners
Mechanical &Electrical Consulting Engineering: Perunding Dynatech
Building Consultants: Certis Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the proposed building development.

The hotel complex is located in Port Moresby, PNG. The hotel complex was proposed to be connected to the adjacent three storey Vision City Shopping Centre. Both buildings were belonging to the same client. The effective height of the hotel complex is 73 m and have a rise in storeys of 19.

The building complex proposed to be a mixed classification of hotel, offices, retail, car park and public assembly halls. The predominant use of the building complex is hotel. FCC addressed the Building Code of Australia (BCA) non compliance issues identified by Certis Pty Ltd –

  • Existing shopping centre and proposed new hotel building are connected through 2 levels with no apparent separation – together they must comply with all the requirements of the BCA as though they were a single building.
  • Public corridors are more than 40m in length in the Class 3 residential levels
  • Exit travel distance
  • Distance between alternative exits
  • Dimensions of exits and paths of travel to exits on 1st level
  • Smoke exhaust to banquet / convention centre
  • Travel via fire isolated exit stairs
  • Separation of rising and descending stair flights

FCC presented a robust proposal for solutions to non-compliance issues in order to comply with the Performance Requirements of the BCA.

Lennon’s Hotel 66 Queen St Brisbane QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Silvermeedle Hospitality

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Geyer Pty Ltd
Builder: Hutchinson Builders
Building Certifier: Certis Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the existing building development.

The building currently trades as ‘THE CHIFLEY’ hotel and contains 28 storeys with an effective height of 81.48 m. The building was running for commercial purposes such as hotel and offices. The client proposed to refurbish this building in its entirety and convert all offices into residential units with an $35 million dollar plan.

The Building Certifier has undertaken a detailed assessment for this project and identified the following issues –

  • Travel distance to a point of choice and to an exit at various floors.
  • Rationalisation of smoke lobby floor area.
  • Rationalisation of fire sprinklers from top of lift shaft.
  • Rationalisation of zone smoke control from retail parts.
  • Reduced width of the path of travel to an exit.
  • Reduced with of the landing in the fire stair due to the relocation of the fire hydrant into the fire stair.
  • Reduced width of stairs.

FCC presented a robust proposal for solutions to non-compliance issues in order to comply with the Performance Requirements of the Building Code of Australia Volume One.

Brisbane Racing Club Ascot QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Mirvac

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: BVN Architecture
Building Certifier: McKenzie Group
Structural Engineer: Odyssey Consulting Group
Service Engineers: Wood and Grieve
Civil Engineer: Calibre Consulting

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the proposed building development.

Brisbane Racing Club (Stage 1) is a residential precinct located on the Eagle Farm Race course. The development is comprised of-

  • An in-ground car park building comprising 2 levels for car parking;
  • Two residential towers over the in-ground car parking building;
  • Apartments and shared spaces only at ground floor (no retail zone);
  • One residential tower comprising of 9 residential storeys.
  • Second residential tower comprising of 12 residential storeys.
  • Open roof top terrace on each tower.

One of the main design objectives of this development was to be consistent, in terms of fire safety, with similar recent building developments constructed at Portside Hamilton Wharf, and within Brisbane Central Business District. The project design methodology was to separate one tower from another and in-ground car park levels.

FCC presented a robust proposal for solutions to many non-compliance issues in order to comply with the Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code Volume One.

Lucid Apartments South Brisbane QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Mirvac

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Mirvac Design
Building Certifier: McKenzie Group

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the proposed building development.

“LUCID”residential development is a residential precinct located at 38 Hope Street, South Brisbane. The building is comprised –

  • Two basement levels for car parking.
  • Podium Level 01 – Lobbies, retail zones &car parking.
  • Podium Levels 02 to 05 – Car parking.
  • Levels 06 to 29 – Residential apartments.
  • Level 30 – Community areas and building services plant rooms.
  • Level 31 – Roof level

FCC provided a robust proposal for solutions to many non-compliance issues in order to comply with the Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code Volume One.

Gallery House Portside Hamilton QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Brookfield Residential Properties

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Urban Solutions Architects
Building Certifier: McKenzie Group
Developer: Multiplex

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the proposed building development.

Buildings 16A and 16B are a new residential precinct located at Portside Wharf, Hamilton, QLD. The project is comprised –

  • Common basement Level 01 – car parking;
  • Common Ground Floor Level – residential entry lobbies, retail tenancies and vehicular entry;
  • Mezzanine levels – plant and retail voids; and
  • Common podium car parking level 01 and level 02 (with minor residential parts); and
  • Tower 16A consisted of 20 levels, whereas Tower 16B of 19 levels.

FCC provided a robust proposal for solutions to many non-compliance issues in order to comply with the Performance Requirements of the National Construction Code Volume One.

Ambience on Burleigh QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Australand

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: DBI Design Pty Ltd
Building Services Engineering Consultants: DMA Professional Engineers
Building Certifier: Certis Building Certification

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants were commissioned to review the non-compliance with the Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) provisions of Building Code of Australia identified by the regulatory authority relating to the provision of fire safety provisions and special fire services required for this building.

‘Ambience on Burleigh’ is residential development at Gold Coast Highway Burleigh Heads Queensland. This building is consisted of two basement levels, ground floor level and two towers (East tower and West tower). East tower has a proposed rise in storeys of seven and an effective height of 18.75 m. West tower has a proposed rise in storeys of fifteen and an effective height of 41 m.

The DtS issues such as fire resistance level, vertical separation (spandrel protection), egress provisions, fire hydrant flow requirement, necessity of fire sprinklers provision, and many more were reviewed as part of an alternative building solution process. Qualitative and quantitative design assessment approaches were applied to assess and analyse each identified issue. Alternative solutions generated in the fire safety study were shown equivalent to the DtS provisions.

390 Simpsons Road, Bardon, QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

PPV Bardon Developments Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Whiltshire Stevens
Building Certifier: Building Certification Group

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants were engaged to provide a performance solution in relation to maintaining fire separation between town houses and car parks due to unprotected openings. The design was not complying with the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume Two Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) provisions.

The performance solution was to construct a fire rated bulkhead inside the roof void space over the private garage, for an extended horizontal distance from the common wall. The proposed design arrangement provided equivalent compliance with the NCC Volume Two DtS provisions.

85-87 Morris St St Marys NSW

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Rise Projects

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: NF Billyard P/L
Building Certifier: Benchmark Building Certifiers

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were engaged to provide a performance solution in relation to maintaining fire separation between town houses and car parks. The window openings that overhang the car common car port at first floor level, were not allowed through a fire separating wall.

FCC worked with the client to provide a cost effective, yet compliant solution, clearly detailing the additional forms of protection/ separation required to meet the performance requirements. Avoidance of the spread of fire, to and from unit and common carport, and from unit to unit, was achieved by alternative construction methodologies to those presented in the National Construction Code (NCC) prescriptions.

34 Amherst St Acacia Ridge QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Development Success

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Jamin Architecture
Building Certifier: Building Approvals and Advice

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were engaged to provide a performance solution in relation to maintaining fire separation between town houses and car park, providing safe egress to townhouses, and structural members within 900 mm of the allotment boundary.

FCC worked with the client to provide a solution that ensured safety throughout, for fire separation, egress and structural adequacy. The proposed performance solution consisted of providing other forms of fire separating construction. To safe safeguard the structural stability of town-houses, in case a fire, all steel members near to the boundary were proposed with specific ESA/m ratio that provided an equivalent Fire Resistance Level (FRL) to Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) provisions.

27-29 John St, St Marys NSW

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Rise Projects

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Whiltshire StevensArchitecture
Building Certifier: Benchmark Building Certifiers

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were engaged to provide a performance solution in relation to change of building classification, non-compliant openings and rationalisation of fire hydrant flow requirements.

This proposed residential development comprises of a basement and ground floor only. The basement was proposed to be used as a car park and the ground level for 10 residential units. All other aspects of the building design were assumed to be fully compliant with the Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) provisions.

To resolve the applicable DtS non-compliant issues, both qualitative and quantitative approaches were adopted. FCC worked with the client and Building Certifier to provide the solutions that minimised cost, maximised space, while also meeting the NCC 2016 performance requirements.