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PUBLIC BUILDINGS

PRODUCTS IN PRACTICE

WARMAFLOOR Winter warmer acts from below the floor

The use of underfloor heating in the new Winter Gardens at Canary Wharf will combat the problem of pointlessly heating the high-level space in the 30m tall glazed structures. Heating and cooling systems from Warmafloor have been designed to provide radiant and convective heat in the winter, while in summer the Garden's stone floors will be cooled to act as a heat sink, offsetting the solar gain through the massive glazed roofs.

ENQUIRY NO. 1206

PILKINGTON Court service screens against fire risk

Glazed screens within the atrium of Phoenix House, the new headquarters of the Courts Service of Ireland in Dublin, make dramatic use of specialist fire glass from Pilkington.

Pyrodur is a multi-laminate product comprising layers of glass laminated with intumescent material. The screens use 10mm thick glass with an ultra-violet protection interlayer to to offer 30 minutes' fire integrity and provide an effective barrier against heat, hot gas and flames.

ENQUIRY NO. 1207

KEE KLAMP

Right angle slope

As part of an access refurbishment project, Kee Klamp has supplied a range of its Slope fittings to help build the guardrailing structure that runs alongside a new ramp up to the entrance of the Pembrey Community Education Centre in west Wales. The guardrailing extends for more than 30m either side of the ramp to provide guidance and a secure handhold. Innovative fittings enabled the easy pivoting of guardrail tubes in the fitting barrel to achieve the desired gradient angle before tightening the grub-screw. The method eliminates the need for welding, saving on time and installation costs.

ENQUIRY NO. 1208

OLDHAM

View from a bridge

The lighting concept for the new Hungerford Bridge in London aimed to provide safe passage across the footbridges at night without restricting views. The resulting design uses low-level lighting to the bridge deck where Oldham Lighting's high-output cold cathode is set within a proprietary balustrade detail. This is complemented by high-level lighting to the cable stays, using medium-beam spotlights and pylons capped with blue LEDs.

ENQUIRY NO. 1209

RONACRETE

Brides steer clear of trouble underfoot

The prospect of blushing brides damaging their shoes and stockings on loose gravel paths at the Orangery, Turkey Mill where a wedding is held every weekend of the year, called for Ronadeck Fast Grip. A resin-bonded natural aggregate which can be walked on two hours after being laid, Ronadeck Fast Grip Pea Shingle in limestone provided an effective slip-resistant solution and complemented the distinct 18th-century-style garden perfectly.

ENQUIRY NO. 1210

THERMALITE

Police service opts for a smooth face

Durability, a long lifespan and minimal maintenance were the key criteria in the selection of materials for the non-custodial police station at Corstophine in Edinburgh. Thermalite Hi-Strength Smooth Face blocks were used throughout the interior of the structure, the inner leaf providing excellent thermal protection and fire resistance. Made from more than 50 per cent pulverised fuel ash, a waste product from coal-burning power stations, the blocks are also environmentally friendly.

ENQUIRY NO. 1211

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