The Chadstone shopping complex located in Melbourne, Australia is the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. It has recently undergone a $600 million expansion and part of the works involved a complete redevelopment of the northern part of the complex, which includes a four-level glass-roofed atrium. The high ceiling of the northern expansion, as well as the unusual curvature of the glass atrium, presented a fire detection challenge.
Mounting locations for fire detectors were also limited and predetermined to comply with management standards. Xtralis VESDA-E VEU was the obvious solution due to its very early and reliable detection and extended pipe lengths to accommodate for the height of the ceiling. VEU is flexible enough to accommodate the longer pipe runs and provide detection from the predetermined mounting locations. The extended pipe networks reduced the total number of detectors required, and VEU’s centralised detector architecture provides quick and efficient service and maintenance with no special tools required.
Only four VESDA-E VEU detectors are required to protect the entire northern expansion atrium of Chadstone without compromising the aesthetics of the glass atrium. The VEU detectors can be monitored and managed remotely with mobile devices and an iVESDA application, giving facilities management constant access to each detector.
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