Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing system has been used in creating a three-storey atrium for the headquarters of wealth management business St James’s Place.
The spectacular centrepiece for the FTSE 100-listed company’s new 50,000 sq ft HQ in Cirencester, home to 425 employees, is an excellent way to greet employees, partners and clients.
The space nestles in between the two focal points of the building and is enclosed by a 12.8 metre high vertical entrance screen and glazed roof.
As designers Scott Brownrigg Architects sought an uninterrupted surface of glass for the atrium wall and roof, Pilkington Planar™ was chosen.
The roof is supported by a stainless steel rod tension structure, whilst the entrance screen contains full-height glazed fins, providing structural strength with no compromise on transparency.
All the glass is toughened and heat soak tested, which ensures strength and security to the design. The double-glazed units that are in the surface consist of an outer 6mm pane of glass.
Pilkington Planar™ Business Development Manager, Jason Eggerton, commented: “This project really shows off the impressive capabilities of the Pilkington Planar™ system.
“The minimalist rod rigging structure and the ultra-low-profile stainless steel fittings mean there is a spectacular sense of a free-standing wall of glass.
“This is another example demonstrating the position of the Pilkington Planar™ system as the premier choice for larger structural glazing installations.”
Paul Williams, managing director at glazing installer Vitrine Systems, said: “Standing inside the brightly lit atrium and looking up, you get an almost uninterrupted view of the sky, creating a truly impressive sense of space.
“Once again it has been a pleasure to work with Pilkington. We have a longstanding relationship with them in delivering projects like this as a seamlessly integrated team.”
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