Comprehensive fire protection systems for Royal North Shore Hospital

Thursday, 02 June, 2011

Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital is currently undergoing a $1.07bn redevelopment that will consolidate 53 buildings into modern purpose-built facilities. The project is being developed through a PPP (private public partnership) between the consortium InfraShore and NSW Health and the development is scheduled to run until 2014.

The huge project is expected to require fire equipment and systems to be installed across a vast area, including approximately 100,000 m2 in the nine-storey Acute Hospital building, of which the level one footprint is in excess of 14,000 m2.

“With such a major project, we wanted to work with a supplier with proven experience and expertise and Wormald has been providing specialised fire protection solutions for the healthcare industry for many years,” said Jim Barber, Services Manager for Thiess - a design and construct contractor for InfraShore.

Wormald, part of Tyco International, will provide fire protection systems for the new Acute Hospital, Douglas Building and RNS Community Health Centre premises, along with a multistorey car park. Wormald’s Sydney-based design and technical teams will be responsible for designing, supplying, installing and commissioning a networked fire detection and colour graphics system with Emergency Warning Intercom Systems (EWIS), fire detection, fire sprinkler, fire hydrant and fire hose reel systems as well as fire extinguishers for each building. The data centre and specialist IT areas are protected with gaseous suppression and wet pre-action systems.

The end-to-end contract also includes servicing the equipment and systems during the first 18 months, with the opportunity to continue the partnership in the long-term following the successful completion of stage one (Community Health Building) and stage two (Acute Hospital Building). Separately, Wormald is also contracted to install a comprehensive fire protection solution for Rockhampton Hospital, which is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment.

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