CONTRAFLAM® provides fire safety assurance in iconic building’s new atrium

CONTRAFLAM® provides fire safety assurance in iconic building’s new atrium

A stunning glass atrium in the newly opened £85 million extension to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has been created using CONTRAFLAM® fully insulating clear, fire-resistant safety glass manufactured by GLASSOLUTIONS Solaglas.

Installed by leading façade designer and contractor Charles Henshaw & Sons, the fire rated glass atrium provides protection from the first floor through to the roof level, and helps to create a light and spacious area.

The extension to one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings was designed by BDP Architects and completed by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, with project management by Mace Group.

Manufactured by GLASSOLUTIONS Solaglas, in conjunction with sister-company Vetrotech, at their dedicated Coventry production facility, two formats of CONTRAFLAM were supplied for the EICC project to suit the different requirements within the new atrium. Henshaw installed 1,500m2 of EI30 CONTRAFLAM (30 minute integrity and insulation) in screens within the main atrium and 250m2 of EI60 CONTRAFLAM (60 minutes integrity and insulation) in screens on the ground floor areas.

In addition to the CONTRAFLAM glazing, GLASSOLUTIONS also supplied designed, manufactured and installed five rooflights, one of which is used in the roof of the atrium, utilising SGG COOL-LITE® solar control glass.

Graham Chung, sales director at Henshaw said: “The EICC was already a landmark Edinburgh building, but the impressive new extension makes it very special and it’s a project we’re proud to have been involved with. CONTRAFLAM has enabled us to meet the brief extremely well thanks to the unique unit construction that utilises toughened glass which assisted in meeting the guarding loads and acoustic reduction value.”

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