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Glassolutions completes extensive project for Kier Construction

  • 15 Feb 2017

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An extensive project for Kier Construction has been completed by Glassolutions as part of the latest transformational development on east London’s Greenwich Peninsula.

The project, called the Fulmar and Teal, a residential-led mixed use development on the Lower Riverside district of Greenwich Peninsula, a major redevelopment area close to the iconic Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf.

Across the three buildings, 139 homes in a mix of private, intermediate and social rent tenures are included, plus 218m2 of retail/commercial space, a car park and bicycle storage area.

Kier Construction appointed Glassolutions to work to a design by architects DSDHA, and deliver all curtain walling, windows and doors for the external envelope of The Fulmar’s three blocks, the tallest of which is ten storeys.

The Fulmar is part of a collection of buildings within an extensive project by property developer Knight Dragon who are seeking to create a new and vibrant district on the peninsula.

After a revised approach was sought by the architect, Glassolutions played an important role in developing the fenestration specification.

Glassolutions was able to meet to meet the brief to provide superb aesthetics whilst meeting a number of key design factors by proposing a combination of Wicona aluminium systems integrating with high performance insulating glass units (IGUs), spandrels and sandwich panels. These included a maximum pressure in ‘general wind zone’ of 1,200 kN/M2 and air permeability of  3m3/hr/mat test pressure of 600 Pa.

The range of Wicona Wintec 50 systems are used to fabricate the ‘stick’ curtain walling, providing a slim 50mm face width and ensure excellent thermal insulation through the incorporation of a uPVC thermal break. 

Windows created using the Wicline 75 Evo concealed sash system are integrated with the curtain wall structure. Natural light transmission into individual properties and outward views was maximised due to this slim profile, without compromising thermal performance thanks to a polyurethane insulator and an innovative glazing bead design.

There are a variety of door types, with Wictec 50 and Wicstyle 75 eve systems applied to manufacture hinged doors and swing doors accordingly. Complying with the RC2 European security standard, the ground floor doors were designed specifically.

Throughout the development which Glassolutions manufactured, lifting sliding doors are featured using the Wicslide 160 system. In terms of aesthetics and performance, all the doors are fully complementary.

The requirements for safety, security, thermal insulation and solar control are accommodated for in Glassolutions’ IGU specification. Additionally, it addresses sound reduction in order to help keep homes quieter, with enhanced acoustic insulation delivering a maximum Rw rating of 36dB (weighted noise reduction).

The outer pane is 6mm SGG Securit, a thermally toughened safety glass, with the inner pane being an 8.8mm combination of SGG Stadip Protect and Planitherm One. The units feature a 90% argon fill 16mm cavity with a black war edge spacer bar and polysulphide seals. This delivers a U-value of 1.0 W/m2K and a g-value of 0.49 or 0.51 for those units featuring a satin finish.

Configured in a 6-16-6 unit, spandrels have 6mm SGG Security glass again used on the outer pane and the same cavity, fill and spacer bar and the vision units. Delivering a U-value 0.45 W/m2with the inner pane 6mm SGG Emalit glass with 60mm foil backed insulation.

Sandwich panels were also required for the building’s design with a bronze anodised finish and punched mesh in matching colour for specific elements.

It took 11 months to complete Glassolutions’ external envelope project, with The Fulmar handed over 21.10.16.


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