ART INSTALLATION Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

The preferred route would be for the system manufacturer to work with an experienced installer network, accredited and supported by the manufacturer. This way, architects and specifiers have peace of mind that those working on the project not only have an in-depth knowledge of the exact systems they are working with, but they have also been trained in all elements of installation. This will include everything from on site safety to how structural glazing interacts with other products in the building facade. It’s also worth remembering that as the complexity of the design increases, the pool of talent that can install it becomes smaller. As the size and thickness of a pane increases, it becomes increasingly challenging for those working onsite. To overcome this, manufacturers can help to identify the team an architect needs around them.

Beyond the confines of commercial building design

While structural glazing has often been the domain of commercial construction, it is now used in projects ranging from high- rise skyscrapers to domestic designs and

everything in between. Today, structural glazing is becoming increasingly popular in heritage building refurbishments, where its low-profile fittings mean it does not obstruct histori- cal architectural features but is still able to give a new lease of life to a building. It can be used to seamlessly link old and new buildings, as well as helping to preserve older structures by providing an additional element of protection to the building envelope.

It is also widely specified across the retail sector, where it can provide uninter- rupted glass walls and improve the customer’s shopping experience, and in transport hubs where structural glazing is often used to create open, light and welcoming spaces for the public. The benefits of structural glazing systems are clear, and by striking the right combination of design, manufacturer and installer, architects can maximise the true value of this building product and success- fully see their vision come to life.

Phil Savage is commercial contracts sales manager at Pilkington United Kingdom, part of the NSG Group London – 0207 118 0448 Bristol – 0117 259 1122

GlasSpace are at the cutting edge of the structural glass market and the choice of many top Architects.

We pride ourselves in offering a range of structural glazing solutions that create a contemporary living environment for both residential and commercial projects.

We offer a wide range of leading bespoke glass products including frameless installa- tions and our infiniti sliding doors.

Our pure glass structures enable a blend of timeless ease with the built environment.


ADF MAY 2017

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