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Record growth in self-storage sector in QLD

Despite the economic downturn as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the self-storage sector in Australia fared well over the past two years. In fact, 2021 delivered a record growth for the self-storage sector with the states of Queensland and Western Australia standing out. With the storage fee rate per square metre increasing each quarter and the storage occupancy at approximately 88%, self-storage facilities appear to be buildings which yield high ROIs for developers.

Self-storage facilities pose a high fire risk due to the nature and quantities of combustible storage. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) considers such facilities a special fire hazard and has special requirements for fire engineers to consider when designing multi-storey self-storage buildings. At Sotera we have unrivalled experience in providing performance solutions for self-storage facilities supporting sprinklered and non-sprinklered design options addressing BCA non-compliances, some of which include:

  • Reduction or deletion of FRLs of structural elements
  • Extended travel distances to exits
  • Location and protection of external fire hydrants and hydrant booster
  • Extended smoke detector spacing
  • Permitting combustible signage on external walls
  • Protection of openings within proximity of a site boundary
  • Special Fire Hazard (addressing brigades’ requirements)
  • Variations to fire exits and discharge routes
  • Variations to firefighting facilities
  • Compartmentation and fire separation
  • Perimeter vehicular access