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Hauraton drainage systems at Bonus Arena - Hull Venue


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uilt on brown-field land located on the edge of the main shopping district in Hull and adjacent to Princes Quay, the


Bonus Arena – Hull Venue and its associated multi storey car park were opened in August 2018. The £36 million development progresses the legacy of the social and economic impact generated by Hull’s 2017 UK City of Culture status. The Arena, designed by AFL Architects, is


a state-of-the-art music and events complex with a flexible capacity of up to 3,500 people. The facility can provide a venue for concerts or corporate conferences in an 800 seat auditorium. A 2000m² adaptable space can be utilised for sporting events or exhibitions and trade shows. Surrounding the Bonus Arena is a public


realm laid with grey stone paving and landscaped by re-form Landscape Architecture Limited with trees, lawns, flowerbeds and permanent stone seating. An effective surface water drainage system


was essential to ensure all weather access to the venue. 140 metres of Hauraton RECYFIX® FIBRETEC®


PRO 100 channels with heel-safe gratings were chosen


for the job which blended well with the stone paving and would resist damage from applied grit rock salt in freezing weather. The material, PA-GF used to make the FIBRETEC®


grating, was especially


developed by Hauraton; the tough, UV resistant, fibre reinforced moulding offers high stability and huge strength for its weight. Complying with loading category Class C250 (BSEN 1433) the grating can easily take the weight of commercial delivery vehicles. The design is a real innovation as its non-corrosive material provides a visually appealing surface finish that retains its colour. The slots are super smooth, elliptical openings with the moulded bars having slightly raised triangular bosses along their outside edges. As well as providing an elegant appearance, the feature ensures surface water


is directed into the slots. The RECYFIX®


channel component is


made from 100 per cent recycled PP. The PRO 100 model is factory fitted with the FIBRETEC®


grating and only weighs 4.6kg,


so the unit was easy to handle and quickly installed on site.


01582 501380 www.hauraton.com


Glass Act for High Rise Refurbishment Project T


he first tower block to be built in Paisley, West Scotland, has undergone partial refurbishment, using ultra


lightweight external cladding from Chromatics Glass Ltd. The 15-storey, 40 metre high building, comprising 56 flats is a brick-based structure that underwent major refurbishment in the late 1990s, when external balconies were incorporated into interior space, external cladding was applied, new windows installed and a low-pitched roof added. An examination of the structure identified


an issue affecting the curtain walling running the full height of the building at each of the four corners where there are open vents into each living room with spandrel panels below. It was decided to replace the existing aluminium panels using Chromatics Safety Glass. Concrete Repair Ltd was the Main Contractor for the refurbishment of the project. Not a toughened glass, Chromatics Safety


Glass is a unique safety glass that achieves exceptional performance. Its extraordinary resilience is as a result of bonding together, at


a molecular level, glass, a colour layer and metal, transforming them into a laminate that is both light weight and shatterproof, as well as being visually stunning and having a completely smooth surface. An unrivalled depth of colour is achieved with 100 per cent opacity, no pin-holes and no risk of show through or colour variation often inherent with ceramic coatings. At George Court a graphite grey colour scheme was selected. Because the colour is encapsulated between the layers of the laminated product, it is UV stable for at least 25 years and will neither fade nor discolour. Replacing one cladding system with


another can have implications in terms of load bearing but one of the principal advantages of Chromatics Safety Glass is its lightweight quality. The 6mm thick panels


specified for the George Court contract weigh just 15.32kg per square metre, making them easier to handle, transport and install, thereby offering huge savings on installation costs. By using Chromatics Safety Glass, the weight of the cladding it replaced was reduced by more than half. The contract also involved replac- ing existing Styrofoam insulation with a non- combustible Rockwool product Chromatics Safety Glass is highly versatile allowing architects and designers complete creative freedom to bring style and resilience to a host of applications. Available in the full range of RAL colours for use either externally as rainscreen, architectural cladding, curtain walling, or signage, as well as a range of internal uses that include feature walls, counter tops, balustrading and partitioning. It is also possible to replicate any traditional finishes, for example natural stone, wood, terracotta, porcelain, marble, ceramic, brick and metal surfaces. Chromatics Safety Glass achieves A2-s1,d0 fire certification.


01904 439187 www.chromaticsglass.com


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