Pressential PR - Structura+Kalwall - West Croydon Bus Station featured image

Kalwall shelters West Croydon bus station

  • 21 Feb 2017

  • Share

It is expected that around eight million people a year will shelter under Kalwall at the new bus station at West Croyden. Transport for London Architects designed the project, which exemplifies how Kalwall can offer many different advantages above its normal use for translucent traditional building cladding and roof lighting.

The aim of the project was to create a user-friendly waiting and assumably shelter, servicing thousands of passengers using the busy transport hub linking the 150 buses an hour with the adjacent tram stop and West Croydon railway station, providing routes to Canada Water and east London.

Pressential PR - Structura+Kalwall - West Croydon Bus Station

Typically, for a translucent and weatherproof canopy, the roof would be glad with glass. However, Martin Eriksson, in-house architect and the project team at TfL decided to use Kalwall as it would offer a variety of benefits over traditional glazing.

Kalwall is much lighter than glass, meaning that the supporting structure did not need to be as strong and chunky, and the vertical supports would deb less obstructive of the environment and open up a better view. Additionally, highly insulating Kalwall is far more attractive than glass and eliminates shadows and glare.

Pressential PR - Structura+Kalwall - West Croydon Bus Station Image 3

Furthermore, it controls light pollution on the surrounding high rise buildings due to the way it diffuses natural daylight downwards and at night reduced vertical illumination and reflection upwards. Access to scaffolding is not required and maintenance staff can safely walk across its surface, therefore making maintenance and cleaning much simpler, although soil and detritus are less obvious on Kalwall than on glass.

Rooms are flooded with diffused natural daylight, internally, creating a stimulating and attractive environment. It also offers the advantage of privacy and when illuminated at night they emit an ethereal glow.

Kalwall is specified for all types of new build and is increasingly used for the refurbishment of cladding or roof lights on aged buildings

Leave a Reply

More articles

Collage_Fotor_Fotor

Carpet Recycling UK gets gold for landfill diversion

The work of Carpet Recycling UK has been recognised with an Innovation Gold Award for Landfill Diversion in the National Flooring Innovations Awards 2018.

Posted in Articles, Awards, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Floors, Site Preperation, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency, Waste Management & Recycling

  • Share
Hush Acoustics

Luxury Warren Court's acoustic solution from Hush

Warren Court is a brand new development for which Hush Acoustics provided Marlowe Building Contractors with advice and materials for the apartments soundproofing.

Posted in Acoustics, Noise & Vibration Control, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Building Systems, Case Studies, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls

  • Share
Vortice

New clean air strategy refreshing say Vortice

Vortice Limited’s commitment to educating its customers on ventilation means they are thrilled to get behind DEFRA’s new clean air strategy consultation.

Posted in Air Conditioning, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Services, Health & Safety, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Posts, Publications, Research & Materials Testing

  • Share
Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 16.28.44

G-Awards name REHAU as finalists in two categories

This week, REHAU has been celebrating the news that it has been named as a finalist for two categories in this year’s G-Awards.

Posted in Articles, Awards, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Glass, Glass Projects, Glazing, news, Posts

  • Share