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Thousands of
new vision and
spandrel glazing
panels for
Minerva House
installed by
Structura UK
Thousands of vision and spandrel units a variety of shapes and sizes to the included replacing glazing beads where
were installed by Structura UK Ltd, existing aluminium, bronze powder-coated necessary.
principal contractor, during the complete frames. The 40-week, 2-phase contract An important part of Structura’s work
replacement of the 30-year-old glazing to worth £1.2 million was carried out while included taking full responsibility for
Minerva House, a 1970’s, 8-storey office the building was fully occupied. organising and erecting scaffolding,
building overlooking a replica of Sir Francis Each vision panel consists of an inner providing access cradles to all elevations
Drake’s galleon the Golden Hind on the pane of 6mm clear, toughened glass, a and site safety.
South Bank near London Bridge. 12mm cavity and a 6mm outer pane of The Project Manager was MHBC.
The building’s original glazing had bronze-tinted, toughened glass. The Further information is available from
become defective and reached the end of spandrel panels consist of an inner pane of Structura UK Ltd, Unit 1, Oakcroft Road,
its useful life. Structura UK, curtain wall 6mm ceramic, enamelled, harmony Chessington, Surrey KT9 1RH.
engineering specialists, removed all the bronze-tinted glass, followed by a 12mm Tel: 020 8397 4361. Fax: 020 8391 5805.
existing glazing and replaced it with more cavity, and an outer pane of 6mm bronze- Email:
than 3000 new vision and spandrel units in tinted, toughened glass. The contract Web:
Certified fire seminar AccentHansen lead the way
Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS) has announced that it will AccentHansen has
be holding a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) announced that it is
programme on fire detection and alarm systems in partnership the first UK door
with Gent by Honeywell and company to purchase
Aston University in Birmingham. a Salvagnini panel
The one-day course will bending machine.
provide building owners and Although many other
occupiers with a clear companies use this
understanding of the equipment, no other UK based door manufacturer currently does,
responsibilities that both the making AccentHansen unique in the market place.
providers and managers of fire The last 18 months have seen AccentHansen continually invest
detection and alarm systems in their factory, machines and staff in response to increased
now face under current customer demand. Dave Mitchell, Production Manager,
legislation. AccentHansen, comments, “Being able to deliver what our
Topics covered will include a review of The Fire & Rescue customers need, when they need it, is of paramount importance to
Services Act 2004 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order us. The Rainer punch press that we brought in June 2008
implemented in 2006. There will also be an overview of the increased the quality of our products and the Salvagnini panel
revised British Standard BS 5839-1:2002, which is the Code of bender will bring further improvements.”
Practice for system design, installation, commissioning and Dave Mitchell continues, “The Salvagnini machine has many
maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems within the UK features which will benefit the AccentHansen production line
and Northern Ireland. including an automatic tool changer and feed system which will
“This is an accredited course which is essential for anyone improve the quality, reliability, accuracy and repeatability of the
who takes responsibility for fire detection and alarm systems,” doors that we manufacture. In addition, its speed and flexibility will
says Lisa Averns, Marketing Leader for Honeywell Building enable us to revolutionise the design of our doors so we can meet
Solutions. “It is designed to help participants make sense of the the requirements of customers that we haven’t been able to target
current legislation to ensure their legal compliance, whilst before, whilst maintaining our excellent delivery times on steel
fundamentally protecting their buildings and occupants.” doors and frames.”
The event will take place on Thursday 26th November at The advanced functionality that the new Salvagnini machine
Aston University and all attendees are provided with full brings will also enable AccentHansen to introduce the desired
supporting documentation and a certificate on completion. ß‘anti-finger trap’ feature to their products, ensuring that they are
Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Helen Mallinson on unrivalled in the UK door industry.
0121 204 3593 for availability, or visit
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