Control Tower, Christchurch Airport
Consultancy Services: Electrical, Fire & Mechanical
Fitout Architect: Paris Magdalinos Architects
Contractor: Hawkins Construction
Cosgroves provided mechanical, electrical and fire services consultancy for this landmark project, which was carried out in partnership with Hawkins Construction.
The tower is located on the car park side of the terminal. At over 45 metres high the level 13 Cab provides air traffic controllers with excellent views of both main runways.
The building provides air conditioned office accommodation for Airways staff, plus equipment and plant rooms.
The single staircase brought challenges for the fire engineers to satisfy means of escape requirements. These were met by a combination of stair pressurisation and a lobby relief system, plus standard fire protection systems. A Risk Evaluation was completed to prove that adequate safety levels were achieved for the Fire Engineered Design.
Integrating the services into a tall building that reduces in size as it gets closer to ground level was a challenge, but this was successfully achieved by detailed coordination with the contractor, architect and structural engineers.