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METALWORKS MetalWorks round-up

Wire mesh has been used to clad the six external stair towers of the new Meteorological Office headquarters and operations centre in Exeter, which will replace the Met Office's existing facilities in and around Bracknell.Architect Broadway Malyan specified 1,250m 2of the 'Medway' stainless steel woven wire mesh from Potter & Soar. The product is the first in a range of new patterns that combine precrimped and straight wires, creating a light, open weave that matches the strength of more traditional patterns. Another version of the product has been used for balustrading to internal balconies and walkways. The range has between 50 and 80 per cent open area, and can be used to enhance lighting, whether natural or artificial, via changing light patterns and reflections off the crimped wires. The product is zero fire-rated. Information from soar. engineering@btinternet. com

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