Spread over 18.5 acres, the Jio World Centre (JWC) is a multifaceted / mixed use development where people gather to appreciate art, exchange ideas, celebrate culture, and soak in the heritage and vibrancy of Mumbai. A stunning new landmark, the Center is strategically located in the precinct of Bandra Kurla Complex, a prestigious hub of business activities, leisure, entertainment, and retail.
JWC, a venture of Reliance Industries, has been developed with an international design vocabulary that honors the culture and spirit of India. The building has integrated the latest technology, safety, and digital innovations to offer exceptional experiences such as India’s first 5G enabled digital infrastructure with uninterrupted data, virtual and hybrid events, and unparalleled online cultural experiences.
SE Controls was enlisted with the task of designing the system from the correct product fit to the complex cable laying strategy, including triple height areas, based on OS2 Controllers and SECO Manual Control Point locations as directed by the architect and MEP consultants mapped to the fire strategy.
For SE Controls, the challenge was to give form to the client’s and architect’s vision with state-of-the-art perimeter façade smoke ventilation systems, using Automatic Opening Vents (AOVs) along with India’s first glass façade Automatic Fireman Access Doors (A.FMAD).
The solution was to provide Actuators that fit the purpose and design intent of perimeter façade smoke ventilation to the Free Area Requirements given to SE Controls, with compatible control systems to enable opening of these AOVs and Automatic Fire Man Access Doors on the building envelope. This system requires a multi-disciplinary coordination both off and on-site which was handled by our in-house design team, CX members as well as our ‘Approved Installers’ on-site.
The project was awarded to a leading Curtain Wall fabricator known for taking up such challenging large-scale projects. Along with this company, we had several design meetings and brainstorming sessions with the architects, façade consultant, and the client.
The complete installation and commissioning were undertaken by SE Controls’ in-house trained and specialized ‘Approved Installer’ who worked along with the project’s curtain wall fabricator and MEP contractors to meet the completion timelines. The challenge of timely supplies for a project of this scale was met efficiently by the company’s team.
When it comes to ensuring protection against fire and smoke hazards, and the resultant destruction to life, property and assets, our advice to clients is, that post occupancy, both preventive and corrective maintenance are important to ensure success of such systems.
Smoke Clearance System: A Life Safety Requirement
Fire safety is of major importance in any building, especially in a building like the JWC, which is visited by thousands of visitors. The Smoke Clearance System is therefore seen as a life safety system as it brings the following key benefits:
- From a safety point of view, it keeps fire floor’s perimeter, public escape, and access routes relatively free from smoke.
- Improves visibility within the building, allowing the fire servicemen to facilitate operations, and occupants to be able to see better.
- Delays and /or prevents flashovers and full fire development, thereby reducing property damage from a developer’s point of view.
- Reduces the effects of heat on structural components during a fire.
All our actuators are tested to stringent code of EN12101-02 and compatible OS2 Controls with up-to 72hours of battery back-up as per EN12101-10, including SECO Manual Control Points, which relay the system status to each MCP, tested to EN12101-10.
Though the region (at this stage) did not have a code of practice for this system, we ensured that the system was designed, to the extent possible, to meet with BS7346-8 Code of Practice for planning, design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of these Smoke Control Systems, for which, including several other projects we were awarded.
Today JWC, due to the forward-thinking vision of the developer and the increasingly stringent norms in fire safety, is fully protected, with not only ours, but other state of the art equipment, for firefighting and life safety from an Active and Passive fire prevention standpoint. This has future-proofed the project for years to come. As with all systems of this type, there are two key roles:
- To protect escape routes by venting smoke away from them to allow occupants to evacuate the building, also keeping the perimeter of the fire floor relatively smoke-free, ensuring reduced chances of a flashover as well.
- Provide greater access to the firemen, allowing them to tackle the fire more effectively.
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SE Controls: Developing Innovative Smoke Control Systems
For over 40 Years, SE Controls has been at the forefront of the development of innovative control systems that harness sustainable natural elements, creating safer and healthier indoor environments. Our product range is tested in accordance with the relevant EN12101 harmonised suite of standards for smoke control compliance and designed in accordance with BS7346-8 Code of Practice for planning, design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of Smoke Control Systems.
With increasingly complex façade systems being designed in commercial buildings, malls, institutes etc, we need to look afresh at systems and solutions that unite form and function in the most efficient way. Having a good mix will ensure the most cost optimized systems, which can be designed for large scale adaptation in upcoming projects.
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