De La Rue, Basingstoke

De La Rue, Basingstoke

Client: De La Rue
Type of works: supply and installation of safety film and edge retention system.

De La Rue, the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker, requested the services of Solar Shield at their offices in Basingstoke, when an existing overhead glass pane shattered and fell from its frame, in a suspected case of spontaneous glass fracture thought to be caused by nickel sulphide inclusions.

In this instance no-one was hurt, however the risks of another pane breaking meant that the glass walkway (The Street) linking the two main buildings together was temporarily closed. This caused major disruption to personnel and visitors within the buildings because it meant they had to walk around the building's perimeter, rather then simply crossing the footbridges under the rooflights.

Diana Ramsden, facilities manager, took immediate steps to safeguard staff and visitors by calling in Solar Shield to recommend the appropriate action to take, in order to make the entire existing overhead glazing safe, to ensure a similar incident would not occur in the future. Solar Shield suggested that a clear 175-micron film, combined with edge retention system, should be installed internally to the underside of the rooflight glazing.

Solar Shield were contracted to thoroughly clean the glass and supply and install a clear 175-micron safety film to all overhead and vertical glazing and also supply and fix an edge retention system, using an aluminium angle powder coated to match the existing metal work. The edge retention system recommended by Solar Shield was approved and tested by the American Government for bomb blast protection.

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