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.