With over 150,000 residents located within the city of Cairns, the region is often seen as the gateway to the Far North of Queensland, so much so that the population has more than trebled in 40 years. This growth has led to an increasing appetite for the modern conveniences and facilities found in the large cities of Australia, including modern theatre facilities which can cater to larger audiences and modern musical acts.
The solution was the development of the Cairns Performing Arts Centre; a modern facility comprised of a 1000 person foyer, 940 seat main auditorium and a 400-seat studio theatre. Arup, the lead engineers and Cox Architecture have designed a building which is capable of withstanding cyclones, which minimizes the use of columns, and which has large open spaces which augment the sound quality. It meant that structural solutions were required to ensure the vision could be achieved, which from our point of view meant we needed to assist with the specification of Nullifire SC902 which would ensure compliance with all BCA requirements for fire rating.
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The Difference Between Engineers and Fire Engineers
Fun fact for your next trivia night: the term “engineer” derives from Medieval Latin and the word “ingeniare”, which means to design or devise. Ever since the wheel was invented (and even before that), humans have been devising clever inventions, designed to astound, improve, or carry out a function that too often we all take […]
Is the steel section big enough to achieve the proposed FRL without utilizing any fire protection?
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The relationship between fire upgrade orders and fire rating
When your building is considered by your local council as unsafe when it comes to fire safety, you or your acting strata manager will receive fire safety upgrade orders. A required completion date is set in the order, and thus, you’ll need to install the necessary upgrade such as a door with the appropriate fire […]
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