Achieving architectural intent through fire design at 999 Hay Street, Perth

999 Hay Street Perth_crop999 Hay Street is a $50 million commercial office which has been developed as a vibrant workplace located within Perth’s Parliamentary Precinct on the edge of the CBD. The 12-storey building is designed with a striking façade and includes 10 open-plan offices, rooftop boardroom and a proposed café or bar at ground level.

To ensure architectural intent was achieved and both capital and ongoing costs controlled, the developer QUBE Property Group engaged Wood & Grieve Engineers at an early stage to provide consulting on fire services and fire engineering design.

Stephen King, Perth Fire Section Manager, explained that the unique design features at 999 Hay Street posed both interesting challenges and opportunities for fire service reticulation.

“To minimise fire design impact on the architecture, which included a stepped building footprint on a sloping site and triple stair configuration, the fire team enjoyed thinking outside the box” said Mr King.

“Integration of external sprinklers enabled us to achieve a flawless design, and we strategically saved significant cost and space by employing a fire engineered approach to the smoke exhaust system.”

The Wood & Grieve fire engineering team is dedicated to going above and beyond their role of protecting people and buildings by using their extensive residential and commercial project experience to ensure the fire design is equally sensitive to architectural intent and project budget.