SE Controls has supplied actuators and control solutions for the fire safety and smoke ventilation system at Dragon Mart 2 – a 175,000 square metre extension to Dubai’s Dragon Mart Chinese trading hub.
The new retail centre, designed by Dubai-based Dar Al Handasah, forms part of the International City development by master developers Nakheel.
It is the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside of mainland China, housing more than 1,100 shops, a nine-screen cinema complex, two hotels and 1120 apartments.
Installed throughout the mall is a series of openable skylight panels, which provide natural light onto the shopping area whilst also acting as smoke vents, to keep the building’s escape route clear of smoke should a fire occur.
The SE Controls’ system comprises:
In normal operation, the skylights remain closed until triggered and are then opened fully by the actuators, which have stroke lengths of 1000mm and 600mm respectively. Both types of actuator are 24 Volt DC units and are tested to EN12101-2.
The fan cooled controllers also incorporate battery backup to maintain operation in the event of a mains power failure.
SE Controls’ Middle East project manager, Madhava Prasad, commented: ”We have a tremendous amount of experience and expertise in retail smoke control and natural ventilation solutions in projects across the globe, so we can use this ability to support designers, fire consultants and engineers and ensure the systems are effective and help save lives by keeping escape routes clear of smoke.”
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