Client: Air Services Australia – ARFF
AirServices Australia Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station at Perth International Airport was built in approximately 1962 and since that time numerous piecemeal alterations and additions were constructed in a bid to accommodate increases in Category and associated vehicle and staffing numbers as the airport passenger movements and flights dramatically increased. In 2006 AMC were engaged to finalise a functional design brief and prototype design as a benchmark for all future Category 7 and Category 10 ARFF fire stations across Australia. Following on from this commission AMC, and their sub-consultant engineering team were engaged to design, document and deliver a new purpose-built ARFF fire station. The fire station compound is approximately 8,300m² and houses administrative, training, support and ablution facilities and a Fire Control Centre over three storeys. The facility was the first designed to accommodate Fire Tenders capable of dealing with the new Boeing A380’s with their significant additional height. The building was initially designed to achieve a 5 Green Star Rating and has set a new environmental standard for new ARFF fire stations across Australia commensurate with similar initiatives being undertaken by the airline industry. Subsequent to this commission AMC were engaged to develop a prototype modular design for fire stations in remote locations including Gladstone and Newman. The design concept envisaged that the administrative functions of the building be constructed from modular units allowing the fire station to increase category with ease and ultimately be uncoupled and relocated to other new fire stations as required. The Fire Tender vehicle bays are to be constructed as self-contained modular structures which could be later used as small aircraft of hangars as required.