BP engaged Jackson Lane for concept and detailed design of a new blast resistant office building at the Bulwer Island refinery site in Queensland. The new facility replaces a number of existing office buildings that were deemed unsafe in the event of an accidental explosion or toxic gas release from the adjacent process plant. Current safety considerations require that new occupied buildings located near the process plant area and exposed to a potential blast risk are designed as blast resistant structures.
The structural design incorporates an in-situ concrete frame with prefabricated steel blast-wall panels to all external walls. All external wall penetrations for are fitted with certified blast resistant doors and windows.
The building accommodates approximately 400 refinery personnel from plant manager down and includes meeting and conference facilities over three open plan floors. Total floor area is 4,600 sq.m.
The interior fit-out was designed in conjunction with Peddle Thorpe Architects.