Fire detection project heats up

Work to install the new Brisbane Markets dry fire detection system is full steam ahead, with significant work going into the planning and preparation of the site-wide system.

Scoping works are progressing in all buildings across Brisbane Markets, with each at varying stage of progress, from design refinement to nearing construction.

The new dry fire system includes new fire indicator panels, installed above peak flood levels, which are controlled by via removable mimic panels (pictured) installed at monitoring level.

Stage 1 focused on the Central Trading Area (CTA), given the Building C main fire panel is the central link point for communications with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES), along with the installation of fire detection cabling networks within individual buildings across this site.

Building works, testing and commissioning were completed on Building C in April.

Meanwhile, construction is underway in Buildings A, B and D, with extensive preparation work completed, including cabling loops and FIP enclosures, and building applications approved by QFES and building certifiers. These works will conclude Stage 1 and are expected to reach completion in June 2024.

During the preparation works, the fire cable loop was separated and extended, allowing for the expansion of each building’s fire network to allow for future Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) and tenant projects.

Due to the nature of the project, BML has several teams of technicians working on different stages simultaneously and preparation works are continuing in buildings across the Brisbane Markets site.

The new system was designed with flood mitigation at the fore, with all new FIPs installed above peak flood levels and controlled via removable mimic panels installed at monitoring level.

While the panels are designed to be removed ahead of any future flood event, the FIPs will remain unaffected ensuring the dry fire system maintains full functionality in the event of a future natural disaster.

The site-wide dry fire system is projected to be completed by early 2025.

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