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GGP 04 Apr 2016

79 G L A S S & G L A S S PROCESSING Pilkington helps to complete energy HQ www.ggpmag.com April 2016 The The U UK’s UK’s UKs large largest est est range e of products produ ucts for the glass s and glazing professional. profes range Beautiful balconies made easy 316 GRADE STAINLESS STEEL Juliette Balconies Compact-X Compact sliding door system for frameless glass panels ENHANCED DOUBLE SOFT CLOSE SYSTEM NEW NEW 12mm to 25.52mm See us at the FIT Show, Hall 1, Stand 146 call free on 00 800 0421 6144 or email crl@crlaurence.co.uk for the glass X ssional. W DOUB BLE W STAINL INLESS Juliette Ba 6144 6144or Pilkington has recently been involved in the planning of the new £80m Glasgow HQ of energy supplier, ScottishPower. The building will be the largest single-occupier development the city has seen in the past 25 years and will accommodate up to 1,900 staff across more than 20,000m² of floor space. More than 5,000m² of glass will be used on the 14 storey building. To combat high air con costs from the expanse of glass, Pilkington Suncool 66/33 has been specified, a product selected by the design team for its ‘superior’ solar control, high visible light transmittance, reduced solar transmittance and ‘excellent’ lowemissivity. Noise reduction The site of the building, close to the M8 motorway and Charing Cross station, means that noise levels are higher than in many other parts of the city, so minimising sound levels inside the building was said to be a priority for the designers. For the lower floors of the building, Pilkington Optiphon has been specified, which will reportedly deliver a ‘significant’ noise reduction of 45dB. The sound insulation is achieved by replacing one of the panes of glass in the double-glazed units with a laminated pane made up of two sheets of glass sandwiching a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer with an enhanced acoustic performance. According to Pilkington, the noise reduction characteristics of the glass have been specially engineered to adapt the noise reduction towards the frequencies of most concern in the urban environment, such as road traffic, which is largely in the low and mid-frequency range. Tough and beautiful Laminated glass will also be used higher up in the building. Building Regulations demand that panes of glass of the size used in this project, and positioned directly above streets, must have a high level of resistance to breaking and that, if they do break, shards of glass will not fall onto the pavements below. This will be achieved by incorporating laminated panes using Pilkington Optilam into the double glazed units. Michael Metcalfe, commercial sales manager at Pilkington UK, said: “Glazing plays a crucial role in creating effective working environments in the city centre. The need to make the most of the high-cost space means buildings tend to be tall and high-density, creating climate control challenges, while the high levels of noise in city streets can make creating an environment conducive to focused work more difficult. “The glazing we are delivering to the new ScottishPower headquarters is a strong example of how wellspecified glazing can help overcome both of these potential issues.”


GGP 04 Apr 2016
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