SPP Pumps Ensure Safety of Singapore’s First Casino
Set to establish Singapore as one of the premium international destinations for both business and tourism, the Marina Bay Sands development will add a new dimension to central Singapore.
Located along the Marina Bay waterfront, the massive development features three 50 storey cascading hotel towers each containing 1,000 rooms, topped by an extraordinary two acre sky garden; crystal pavilions; a lotus-inspired ArtScience Museum; one-million square feet of integrated waterside promenade and shopping arcade featuring cutting-edge labels and international luxury brands; quality restaurants; two theatres, night clubs and Singapore’s first casino.
SPP Fire Pumps have now been specified for the Fire Protection System for this huge development, by both main contractors – Deluge Fire Protection and Guthrie Engineering Singapore – in a contract worth a total of approximately $70 million.
Initially SPP faced a huge challenge getting onto the approved vendor list, and a further challenge when they found that they could not supply the pump type that had been specified for the sprinkler system.
However, SPP’s local representative and their local agent in Singapore, Macallan Pumps, solved the problem by developing a proposal which changed the design to suit SPP’s range of Sprinkler and Wet Riser Pumps - and accommodated all of the demanding requirements of the UL, FM, and PSB approval standards. Although many pump manufacturers can offer equipment designed to the various locally applicable fire rules and regulations, SPP is one of the select few who have had their pumps subjected to the stringent performance and reliability tests of specialist fire approval laboratories.
In addition to an SPP BS08B Split Case Fire Pump fitted with a 343kw (460hp) Clarke engine and providing 2000 USgpm, a mix of SPP Fire Pumps were specified - with flows ranging from 750 to 2000 USgpm. The split case design facilitates quick and easy access to the pump internals for routine inspection and maintenance.
Since winning this project, SPP CD10K Fire Pumpshave also been specified by Deluge for the Marina Business Financial Centre – Residential Development, in a contract worth $2.2 million. The residences include a collection of 428 luxuriously appointed apartments. Soaring 55 storeys, these waterfront facing units range from one- to four-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses and are complemented by a range of recreational facilities.
The estimated completion date for the project is late 2009 / early 2010.