Project Description

Client: QIC / ADCO Construction
Project value: $140 million
Date of completion: Market Hall stages 2A and 2B complete 2016 – Central Malls ongoing to late 2018

The challenge: With the combination of fashion, homewares, food and leisure retailers and easy access direct off the motorway, Robina Town Centre is the Gold Coast’s ultimate shopping, dining and leisure destination.

Ongoing since 2008, the redevelopment has incorporated the construction of a new mall, refurbishment of major and specialty tenancies, and the realignment of the existing malls. The refurbished mall is home to major department stores, a dining precinct which includes cafes, casual and formal dining and a number of leading specialty retailers. The redevelopment integrates into the existing shopping centre via mall connections to the South Mall, Bazaar Street and Arbour Lane. The complexity of the design and the integration into the existing malls were the key challenges for this project.

Our solution: Defire has been engaged as the fire safety engineer on the project since 2008. During this time, we have provided rationalisation of the smoke hazard management and evacuation provisions from the malls, majors and carparking, and assisted in the development of an integrated fire safety strategy for the interface between the new and existing portions of the building.

Due to size and the complex geometry of the building, high occupant numbers and connections to the existing malls and tenancies, a performance based approach with extensive use of computational fluid dynamics fire modelling was used in the development of evacuation strategies and smoke extraction systems.

Defire provided input into the project from the concept stage through to the final sign-off and handover of each of the stages, including facilitating the fire engineering brief process with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.