Greene Fire installed automatic smoke curtains at the Hoyts Cinema complex in Chadstone, VIC to achieve compartmentation between the cinema, and the atrium and shops below. With over 600 retail outlets across more than 200,000 square metres of space, Chadstone Shopping Centre is rightfully called the ‘Fashion Capital’.
A design highlight of the $660 million Chadstone Shopping Centre expansion is a 31-metre-high atrium at the northern end, also home to the new flagship Hoyts cinema, which comes complete with an ‘Eat Street’ area.
Located on the second floor of the building, the Hoyts Cinema features a massive open frontage overlooking the shops below. Greene Fire installed automatic smoke curtains deployed from the ceiling, to compartmentalise the cinema from the atrium and shops below. SmokeStop active smoke barriers were used in this application.
Working with Probuild, Greene Fire installed eight single and multi-roller SmokeStop smoke curtains within the entrance and surrounding open plan areas measuring 5m-8m wide with 8m drops from the ceiling. Side guides, which were added for the high pressures expected across the curtains due to the large expanse of fabric, were carefully integrated into the main columns to ensure smooth, unobtrusive clean lines.
SmokeStop smoke curtains are tested and assessed to BS EN 1210-1 (2005). The complete smoke curtain system is classified as DH600A to BS EN 13501-4 (2007).
By installing SmokeStop smoke curtains, Greene Fire was able to provide an operable, automatic barrier to stop or channel smoke in the building, allowing the large open plan layout. These curtains would remain within the ceiling space in a retracted, concealed position until activated by an alarm or detector signal, following which they would descend safely to their operational position on the floor.
The entire smoke curtain system is controlled by a single control panel that can be installed in one easy accessible location for future service and maintenance.