A GLAZED LOBBY WITH A GLASS-FRONTED RECEPTION DESK
The main entrance to the building is through a curtainwall screen set 1.5m in from the main facade, incorporating pass doors and a 3.5m automatic revolving door. The lobby, a dramatic double-height space, is triangular on plan. The interior of the lobby is lined with glass panels, back-painted in two shades of blue: the design is an abstraction of the World War One 'dazzle' camouage patterns applied to many ships from Liverpool Docks. Recesses for a seating area and reception desk are 'carved' out of the lobby space and lined with brilliant white glass.
The glass panels are supported by proprietary steel-studwork walls spanning between concrete oor slabs.
12mm ply sheathing was fixed to the studwork and the glass - a 6mm-thick toughened glass panel back-painted with a Toughcoat paint system - was adhesive-bonded to the ply and horizontally restrained at top and bottom by polyester powder-coated aluminium trims. Vertical joints were sealed with silicone mastic.
The reception desk is screened by a high-level counter and anked by a low-level desk to accommodate wheelchair users. The frame consists of 50 x 50 x 6mm SHSs which are bolted through the floor finish to the floor slab. The counter and low-level desk are made from 50mm MDF faced with brushed stainless steel.