Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch International Airport - Integrated Terminal Redevelopment

This project was a major undertaking to modernise the 1960s terminal building and account for an increase in projected passenger numbers. Cosgroves was selected as the fire
engineers and fire protection systems designers. Specific fire engineering design was used including CFD modelling to prove compliance for the new facilities with an emphasis on creating an open aspect to the main public areas.

The eight year, $250M project needed to allow for the on-going function of the existing terminal during the construction periods. A key factor was ensuring fire safety systems remained operational and means of escape for both landside and airside areas were not compromised.

An additional regional terminal was included late in the design and construction programme. Cosgroves provided a fire safety solution that successfully integrated this facility into the main terminal, to allow a seamless open connection between ticketing and baggage drop-off to the departure lounge area.

Swing gates were established for the main airside departures area, to allow flexibility on boarding gate usage for domestic and international travel. Other innovative fire safety features included the fire protection of the air bridges in relation to airside risks, the airside emergency response attendance facilities, and the risk control of the apron fuel drains to the terminal and air bridges.

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