Westfield Coomera (Stage 1) QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Scentre Group

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Westfield Design and Construction
Building Certifier: Certis Building Certification

OVERVIEW

Westfield Coomera is a new $470 million ‘greenfield’ development project under construction, set to be completed in late 2018. The project comprises of 140 new specialty stores, including Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Target, and an Event Cinemas complex. The shopping centre will also include roof top PV solar arrays.

As the principal fire safety consultant, Fire Check Consultants (FCC) have been engaged to help deliverer certification for the new shopping centre, by facilitating the fire engineering brief and report process. This included consultation with stakeholders such as, the Building Certifier and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

FCC used a performance based fire safety engineering approach to develop solutions for building fire resistive levels, construction of fire-isolated passageways, and the use of glazing in fire separation and compartmentation.

To demonstrate the egress design in combination with engineered smoke management systems afforded occupants safe evacuation and fire-fighters safe intervention, CFD fire and smoke models were conducted.

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering and Smoke Management

CLIENT

Westfield Design and Construction

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Westfield Design and Construction
Building Certifier: Steven Watson and Partners

OVERVIEW

Pacific Fair was a $470 million refurbishment and expansion project completed in 2016. Works included 120 new retail stores, a mall expansion, a two level David Jones store, an enlarged and relocated Target, a relocated Coles, a new Woolworths and Big W. An outdoor leisure and entertainment precinct, known as the ‘Resort Area’was also constructed.

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were involved throughout the design, approval and construction process to help deliver fire safety compliance and certification for the development. This included preparing the fire engineering brief and report.

To permit flexibility in building design with the benefit of construction cost savings, FCC developed fire engineering solutions for building fire resistive levels, construction of fire-isolated passageways, and the use of glazing in fire separation and compartmentation.

CFD fire and smoke modelling was used to ensure the egress and smoke exhaust design for the shopping centre provided the required safety levels for evacuees and intervening fire brigade.

Indooroorpilly Shopping Centre Stage 7 QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: PDT Architects
Building Certifier: Certis Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Stage 7 was a $355 million development project completed in 2014. It encompassed 30,000 m² of new floor area, including a new mall and fresh food area, new retail stores, a new David Jones store, a refurbished Myer store, a new Coles as well as an outdoor dining precinct.

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were engaged to provide performance based design solutions for occupant egress, smoke hazard management, building fire resistive levels, and exit signage.

Comprehensive use of computational fire models, qualitative rationale, and risk assessments were employed to demonstrate the performance solutions provided an appropriate level life and fire-fighter safety.

FCC were also commissioned to deliver the fire safety systems design and documentation for –

  • Fire hydrants and hose reels
  • Automatic fire sprinkler systems
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • VESDA fire detection systems
  • Gas suppression system for the main electrical distribution network

Chermside Shopping Centre QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Scentre Group

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Westfield Design and Construction
Building Certifier: Certis Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Westfield Chermside Stage 6 wasa $355 million extension and refurbishment project completed in 2017. It comprised of creating an additional 33,000 m² of retail space. This included 95 new retail stores, a gallery atrium mall, a child minding centre, and a new leisure and outdoor dining precinct, set in a resort-style alfresco landscape.

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were involved throughout the design, approval and construction process. FCC were engaged to provide performance based design solutions for occupant egress, smoke hazard management, building fire resistive levels, and construction of fire-isolated passageways.

These performance solutions permit building flexibility and construction cost savings, whilst still providing the required safety levels for evacuating occupants and intervening fire brigade. The life safety performance of the mechanical smoke exhaust systems was validated through the use CFD fire and smoke modelling.