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    Promat’s intumescent coating meets BCA fire requirements at Adelaide Convention Centre

    Promat Australia Pty Ltd

    A proven water based intumescent coating from Promat Australia Pty Ltd was spray coated on the steelwork during the construction of the Adelaide Convention Centre to meet BCA requirements.

    Designed by architecture firm Woods Bagot, the convention centre was developed by Adelaide city authorities to ensure that South Australia sustained and expanded the economic benefit of the state's AU$1 billion share of the annual AU$17 billion conference and exhibition industry in Australia.

    The first stage of the project comprised of a 4,300m² multipurpose exhibition and conference space, meeting spaces and a 600-seat, 1000 standing ballroom built by extending the site over existing railway tracks. The next stage commenced in early 2015 with the construction of a structure that could either function as a 3,500-seat plenary building or offer 3,000m² of flat area for exhibitions. This flexibility is achieved by the innovative use of seating that can be raised, lowered and reconfigured depending on the particular event being hosted in the space.

    The Building Code of Australia’s (BCA) deemed to satisfy requirements stipulated all structural steelwork to have fire resistance up to 120 minutes.

    Cafco SPRAYFILM WB3, a water based intumescent coating was approved for the purpose thanks to its low VOC content. The Cafco SPRAYFILM WB3 spray coating system, about 25 tons in all, was applied over an eight-month timeline.

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