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    SmokeStop smoke curtains provide smoke barrier at mixed-use development in Melbourne CBD

    Greene Fire

    SmokeStop D600A smoke curtains from Greene Fire were installed as a smoke barrier for the ground floor mail rooms at a mixed use development in Melbourne CBD.

    Upper West Side by Far East Consortium is one of the largest inner city developments in Australia with 2,500 apartments spread over four towers and 30 retail outlets. Tower 3, named Manhattan, is the final tower to be completed at the development and offers 641 apartments in one, two and three bedroom configurations. At 52 storeys high, Manhattan will also be the tallest building within the development. The entire development has a project value of approximately $1.4 billion.

    The three mail rooms located on the ground floor of the Manhattan tower has over 200 mailboxes in each room, totalling over 600 mailboxes that serve the needs of the residents as well as the retail outlets. The mail rooms required smoke barriers to prevent smoke outbreak into the main lobby area.

    Greene Fire smoke curtains were installed as a smoke barrier for the ground floor mail rooms in a compartmentation application. The three small and narrow mail rooms had three separate smoke curtains installed with fabric retaining side guides to provide a good smoke seal. Each smoke curtain deploys fully from the ceiling to the floor to completely segregate the area from the lobby; an emergency retract button has also been provided to allow emergency egress for occupants to safely exit into the lobby.

    The 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).

    Key benefits of SmokeStop D600A smoke curtains include side guides recessed into the walls to avoid any impact to the building design and egress path into the lobby; green and highly visible, unlimited use emergency retract button installed beside each curtain to provide egress after deployment; and all three control panels controlled via one control panel with emergency battery backup system for ease of maintenance.

    Norman Disney and Young served as fire engineers on the project.

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