The choice of an intumescent basecoat system from Nullifire to provide structural steel fire protection helped speed up the upgrade works at the busy Brisbane International Airport.

The $45-million upgrade works to the Brisbane International Airport began in October 2015, with Nullifire SC902 basecoat system being selected as the thin film intumescent coating of choice for the construction of the brand new Air New Zealand lounge. The Nullifire product was specified following consultation with the engineers, Enstruct, and the builder, SMI, regarding the structural steel fire protection required for these significant upgrade works.

The structural steel fire protection elements, which were required early in the project, needed to meet a number of performance criteria including onsite application, rapid application and curing rates to meet tight construction timelines, low VOC formulation to provide for a safer working environment for other trades, 2-hour FRL, compatibility with a range of top coats, and cost.

The Nullifire SC902 intumescent basecoat system not only met all the performance criteria but would also allow other trades to work with the columns and beams after just 24 hours of application. This ‘fast track’ solution allowed installation to be carried out at night, enabling all the works to be completed within the designated timeframe and budget.

The new Air New Zealand lounge is an exceptional space for international travellers to relax before their flight.