Since its inception, Complete Fire Design has undertaken Fire and Life Safety Engineering on many significant commercial, retail, residential, industrial and resource projects. Those shown here are but a few examples.
100 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
enex100 is a 24-storey office and retail building located on St Georges Terrace in Perth’s CBD. The development includes three levels of retail with eighteen levels of office and three levels of plant room. The building also has a five level basement car park
Commissioned to undertake a holistic Fire Safety Strategy for the development, Complete Fire Design developed a series of Alternative Solutions for the building including:
- Performance based smoke movement and evacuation strategies for the three level retail mall and five level basement car park.
- Evacuation strategies including extended egress travel distances, egress widths and discharge of occupants from the high rise office levels of the building.
- Assessment of the location of some active fire safety systems including fire hose reel and fire hydrants.
- Assessment of required fire resistance levels for the retail levels.
- Rationalisation of mechanical exhaust and smoke reservoir requirements through the retail and basement car park levels.
October 2006 – Present
The Claremont Quarter project involves the redevelopment of the existing Claremont Shopping Centre located on Bay View Terrace, Claremont. The 83,300 sqm redevelopment includes new retail areas over two levels, new car park levels and two new residential towers.
In consultation with the design team and the approval authorities, Complete Fire Design’s Alternative Solutions for the project included:
- Occupant egress strategies including extended egress travel distances in the retail mall, car park and residential towers, the separation of exits in excess of code requirements, and performance based egress widths from the retail levels.
- Smoke movement strategies for the malls and major tenancies, including performance based exhaust rates and the deletion of smoke baffles.
- Provision of fire extinguishers in lieu of fire hose reels in the retail malls and residential towers.
- Assessment of the location of active fire safety systems including hose reels and hydrants.
- Reduced fire resistance levels for some portions of the structure.
Fire Protection Projects
St Georges College
Dec 2008 – Nov 2009
In 2008, Complete Fire Design was commissioned to undertake a Fire Safety Engineering Assessment of the 5-storey Main Residential Building at the St Georges College Residential Campus in Crawley WA.
The Assessment was developed to provide options and strategies to address non-compliance issues with the Main Residential building. While there was no legislative requirement to retrospectively apply current code requirements to the building, it was noted that there were a number of major issues that impacted on the level of life safety of occupants. The Fire Safety Engineering Assessment proposed that a sprinkler system be provided to the residential portion of the college, as this would provide the greatest benefit and most economical method in achieving an acceptable level of life safety.
Complete Fire Design has also undertaken fire services design work for the sprinkler system and hydrant system at the new St Georges College student accommodation in Crawley.
Harvest Terrace, West Perth, WA
Dec 2009 – April 2010
Complete Fire Design was commissioned in 2009 to undertake a fire life safety audit of the existing Parliament House located on Harvest Terrace in West Perth. The building was originally constructed in 1904 and since that time a number of additions and refurbishments have been undertaken. These additions and refurbishments had affected the overall level of life safety and compliance of the building with current regulations.
Given the age of the building, the presence of heritage features, and the difficulties that can arise when attempting to retrofit a building with fire safety systems, alternative cost-effective fire safety strategies were able to be adopted to improve life safety for occupants and Fire Brigade personnel.
As part of the upgrade works, Complete Fire Design was also commissioned to undertake the design for improvements to the building’s fire hydrant system. This proposed improvement was to occur over two stages. As part of our commission we assisted with tendering the works and overseeing the building and commissioning of the system.
Saudi Arabia Air Force Helicopter Hangers
Complete Fire Design conducted a Technical Engineering Review and System Design of Phirex Watermist Fire Protection systems to be installed in military helicopter hangars in Jeddah, Abha, Dhahran and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
Complete Fire Design provided drafting and design services to allow for detailed hydraulic calculations and installation details for the contractor. Watermist is used in preference to a foam or sprinkler system, as it provides fast and effective knockdown for all types of fire that could be expected in the hangars, including electrical and liquid fuel fires. Watermist uses approximately 10% of the water of an equivalent sprinkler system and does not have the environmental or cleanup issues associated with foam systems.
Complete Fire Design has been involved in Fire Safety Engineering and Fire Protection Design for data centres. This has included the design of sophisticated Fire Protection Systems for the Data Centres including Pre-Action Sprinklers, Gaseous Suppression & Detection, Air Aspirated Detection and Occupant Warning Systems. The design of these systems has inherent complications in Data Centres where the air conditioning is required to continually run in the data halls. In the event of a fire the air velocities in these rooms makes the use of point type detection impractical and so air aspirating detection is typically selected.
Complete Fire Design has designed systems to TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centres. This requires all systems to be provided with redundancy and backup. As part of our works we have assisted with tender selection, site inspection, commissioning and certification of the systems.
Perth International Telecommunications Centre
Location – Gnangara, WA
Sept 2008 – Oct 2009
Complete Fire Design was initially commissioned to undertake a Fire Risk Assessment of the following areas:
- Design options and relevant tender documentation for fire separation between each Emergency Power Plant (EPP) within the Diesel power room.
- Alternative options for the protection of the diesel power room inlet grilles to prevent ingress of embers from bushfires.
- Design options and relevant tender documentation for fire suppression systems for the diesel switchboard room.
- Recommendations for the reduction of risk for onsite above ground fuel storage tanks and ancillary equipment.
- Review and recommendation/s towards the installation of ember screen material within guttering (where fitted) for all onsite structures, or alternative measures.
Following the Fire Risk Assessment, tender documentation was prepared for a gas suppression system with detection and occupant warning for the diesel switchboard room and for fire wall separation between each of the Emergency Power Plants (EPPs) within the Diesel power room. The layout of equipment and services meant that the project was not as simple as building straight walls to separate each EPP.
As part of our commission we assisted with tendering the works and overseeing the building inspection, certification and commissioning of the system.
Mining & Industrial Projects
Gorgon Permanent Buildings – Operations Centre, Lab, Airport, Kitchen and Diner
Barrow Island, WA
October 2008 - Current project
Operations Centre + Lab
Complete Fire Design has been engaged to undertake a total fire safety strategy for the Gorgon Operations Centre and Lab on Barrow Island, which runs the LNG process. Complete Fire Design is currently involved with the design of Fire Protection Systems including Gaseous Suppression Systems, Water Mist Suppression Systems, Fire Hydrant systems, Air Aspirated Smoke Detection and Point Type Smoke Detection systems with Occupant Warning for the Operations Centre + Lab
The staged upgrade of the existing airport was assessed for compliance with the Building Codes and regulations. Complete Fire Design was commissioned to undertake the BCA compliance review, and provide fire safety Alternative Solutions to demonstrate that, because water supplies on the island are limited, dry chemical fire extinguishers were an acceptable alternative to fire hose reels.
Kitchen and Diner
The existing kitchen and diner was designed to be upgraded in three stages to provide additional space, and to comply with strict quarantine regulations and new health and safety requirements. Complete Fire Design was commissioned to undertake the BCA compliance review and provide fire safety Alternative Solutions to demonstrate that, because water supplies on the island are limited, dry chemical fire extinguishers were an acceptable alternative to fire hose reels.
Gorgon Construction Village Housing
Barrow Island, WA
The project includes new accommodation buildings for the Chevron Gorgon Construction Village located on Barrow Island, Western Australia. The accommodation buildings are constructed of modular transportable housing units put together to provide 2-storey accommodation blocks housing around 3,344 people. The building solution is unusual in that the housing units are expandable to double their transportation size when fully installed.
Alternative Solutions were developed for the project including for the provision of pad bolts to the emergency exit doors for cyclone restraint. Under the requirements of the BCA exit doors must be freely operable in the event of an emergency; however in cyclone conditions pad bolts must be fitted to doors to prevent them from opening.
Complete Fire Design also undertook the design of Fire Protection Systems for the accommodation units, including Fire Detection and Occupant Warning systems. A material fire assessment of a particulate mineral board with a fibre weave was also undertaken to demonstrate its suitability for the project.
Seawater Desalination Plant
Aug 2005 – Jan 2007
Western Australia’s first large scale desalination plant involved the development of a number of buildings including a pump station building, lime storage building, workshop building and stores, chlorine building, chemical storage building, an administration building and the Reverse Osmosis (RO) building, which houses the plant that performs the desalination process.
Complete Fire Design were commissioned to undertake a Fire Safety Engineering Report for the Reverse Osmosis building to provide Alternative Solutions to demonstrate compliance with the BCA. The Alternative Solutions for the building included allowing extended egress travel distances for occupants of the RO Building. Due to the fuel load in the building it was demonstrated that, with the provision of natural ventilation, occupants would have sufficient time to evacuate from the building prior to the onset of untenable conditions.
Another solution demonstrated that it was acceptable to have non-compliant open space around the building, and that a fire in the building would not spread to the property boundary.
Southern Seawater Desalination Plant
Date July 2009 – Present
The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant is located between Binningup and Myalup, in southwest Western Australia. Complete Fire Design was commissioned to undertake a Fire Safety Strategy for Stage 1 of the development, consisting of an Administration & Operation Building and a number of process buildings. Stage 2 will include identical Class 8 process buildings to be constructed at a later date.
The following Alternative Solutions were prepared to demonstrate compliance with the BCA:
- A life safety analysis was undertaken for the Membrane Filtration Building and Reverse Osmosis Building to demonstrate that, with the provision of a performance based natural ventilation system, tenability could be maintained for occupants to travel extended distances when evacuating.
- An Alternative Solution was prepared to demonstrate that it was acceptable to not provide a compliant six metre wide vehicular access road for Fire Brigade access around the Membrane Filtration Building and Reverse Osmosis Building.
Complete Fire Design also undertook the design of Fire Protection systems, including ESFR sprinklers for the Reverse Osmosis building and hydrant system for the site. Linear, point and heat detection systems were also designed for the Reverse Osmosis building and Hydrant system for the site..
Albany and Albany Port, WA
March 2008-June 2009
Complete Fire Design was commissioned to undertake two projects for Plantation Energy; the Plantation Energy Pellet Plant 1 and 2 buildings located in Albany, and the Biomass Pellet Storage facility located at the Albany Port.
Complete Fire Design developed a holistic fire safety strategy for both projects. From these assessments it was determined that the Pellet Plant 1 and 2 buildings required Alternative Solutions to address extended egress travel distances from upper level platforms as well as to provide fire extinguishers in lieu of fire hose reels.
The Pellet Plant buildings were covered with a flame retardant woven HDPE material. Complete Fire Design undertook an assessment of this material to determine its compliance with Specification C1.10 of the BCA.
During the project CFD also provided a detection and occupant warning system design for the administration office and switch rooms, and occupant warning system for the main plant. Advice was also provided for components of the fire rated rooms.
The Biomass Pellet Storage Facility at Albany Port also required Alternative Solutions to address non-compliance issues with the use of ladders and platforms as a means of egress from the high level walkways, and determined that it was acceptable to not provide emergency lighting and exit signs for the ground floor level of the building.
Past & Present
- Rockingham City Shopping Centre
- Ocean Keys Shopping Centre
- Kwinana Desalination Plant
- Central Law Courts Building
- ECU Joondalup
- Stratton on Murray
- Element 996 Building
- RAC Building Perth
- Soho Apartment Building
- St John of God Hospital Operating Theatres
- Steve’s Hotel Blocks A & B
- AMP Building Fit Out
- Mandurah Centro Shopping Centre
- Wanneroo Shopping Centre
- Elevation Apartment Building
- 18-32 Parliament Place
- Lot 2001 Roberts Rd Building
- 503-504 Murray Street
- Tempo Office Building
- Loftus Recreation Centre
- Sir Charles Gardner Hospital
- ANI South Beach Apartments
- Mandurah Aquatic Centre
- AK Stadium
- Bunbury Silos Hotel
- BGC Brick Kiln
- WACA Seating Arrangements
- Subiaco Oval Seating Arrangements
- Smiths Beach Tourist Resort
- The Sunday Times Refurbishment
- Kings Hotel Refurbishment
- Komatsu Australia
- Dune Apartments
- CBH Grain Elevator Towers
- The Greenhouse