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.