Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Architectural Services Department
Cruise liner passengers, crew and staff at Hong Kong’s new HK$ 7.2 billion Kai Tak Cruise Terminal are being protected in the event of a fire by an advanced failsafe smoke ventilation system from international smoke and natural ventilation specialist, SE Controls from UK.
Located in Victoria Harbour on the site of Hong Kong’s old international airport, the new terminal, which opens later this year and is expected to become the hub for the region’s cruise liner traffic as it is capable of berthing two 350 metre liners simultaneously and disembarking 8,400 passengers and 1,200 crew.
With such a high volume of people using the terminal, fire safety was a critical consideration for the design team and contractors to ensure that the highest standards are maintained and escape times are minimized should a fire occur.
To help achieve this specification and provide maximum protection, SE Controls developed and installed an advanced static smoke ventilation system that not only vented smoke effectively when actuated by the fire detection system, but also incorporated failsafe operation, enabling it to vent smoke even in the event of a
total power failure.
SE Controls’ extensive automatic smoke ventilation system incorporates 600 bottom hung and top hung window which allow make up air to enter the building and replace the smoke, which is vented through more than 700 skylight exhaust vents.
To ensure the system operates effectively, even during a power failure, SE Controls installed more than 2,000 SEPO ‘failsafe’ actuators and failsafe’ vent and window latches. Should power fail, the latches and integral springs within the SEPO actuators automatically default to the open position, ensuring that smoke can still be vented from the cruise terminal building and enable smoke free escape routes to be maintained.
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