Fire Stair Upgrades

Fire Stair Upgrades in Sydney NSW

Thousands of pre-1990 built multi-level residential apartment and commercial office blocks throughout Sydney NSW will require an inspection to confirm if they comply with new height and width legislation, including fair stair upgrades. We feel this work will continue for at least a 10-year period before a substantial percentage are brought up to code and deemed safe. Some strata committee’s with limited budgets may opt to extend their existing metal balustrade to a compliant height. We have found this to be a false economy in many cases as these costs can blow out to well over the cost of a complete renewal, often due to changes in style and colours during the design or even later into the installation phase.

Tip: Make the process more streamlined- hire a capable architect or designer to navigate the design or colour selection. As there are often numerous stakeholders in the decision, having a non-invested third party can often help the decision process flow.

Procuring the right advice from a qualified compliance professional and engineer can make the upgrade process both a smooth and less costly experience.

Architectural Installations have an in-house design team to work with all parties involved and are happy to share our input and experiences, having completed many similar upgrades in the past.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the relevant codes associated with fire Stairs in NSW?

  • AS 1428.1: Access and Mobility Design, General Access Requirements for New Buildings (2009)
  • AS 1657: Design, Construction, and Installation of Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways, and Ladders
  • AS/NZ 4586: Non-Slip Classification of Latest Pedestrian Surface Materials

How many types of stairs are there?

Stairs can be designed in many combinations that best suit the space, function, of the specific projects.

Straight Stairs.

Straight Stairs are the most basic stair design with no change in direction are the most common used in residential and commercial stair applications.

Straight Stairs with Landings.

This is set of stairs that include a central landing that breaks the length of flight of stairs and is seen commonly in commercial buildings.

L Shaped Stairs

These are stairs with a 90-degree turn after a landing creating an L-Shap and are commonly found in residential buildings. This design of stairs is great to save space as the are generally the most compact stair design aside from the Circular of spiral stair  or “U” shaped

Spiral Stair

This is the most compact, space saving design for use in areas where no other design of stair will fit. The stair designs snakes around in a 360 degree shape from one floor to the next and can be some of the more bespoke finishing stair amongst all the styles of

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