Pilkington Activ™ is playing a crucial role in one of Wigan’s most ambitious projects, the regeneration of the Wigan Pier Quarter which the partners behind the project (namely Wigan Council, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust and British Waterways) hope to create as an environment that follows in the footsteps of other successful North West regeneration projects such as Salford Quays and the Albert Dock.
Central to the regeneration process is the creation of a cultural quarter on the Trencherfield Mill site, transforming it into a rich cultural location for heritage, leisure, tourism and business. For the roof of the old mill, specialist contractors, Campbell and Dumville (working on behalf of main contractors, Nuttall Construction) specified a 47m x 5m glazed roof to allow natural daylight to infiltrate the properties below. Liaising closely with Total Conservatory Roof Solutions, the decision was made to use the revolutionary Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass within the steel framework, with Uniglaze supplying the sealed units with the glass installed.
“This is a major significant development in Wigan and the use of the advanced Pilkington Activ™ glass reflects the high construction standards with which the project has become associated,” comments Bill Campbell of Campbell and Dumville. “The glass is now fully installed and the mill is ready for the next phase of the development and we are delighted with the result.”
Joseph Solomons of Total Conservatory Roof Solutions is also pleased with the roof. “This is the largest application of Pilkington Activ™ glass that we have undertaken,” he says. “Because of the unique properties of the glass and its genuinely innovative self cleaning ability, we now specify it for all of our conservatory roofs. Its use within the Wigan Pier development reflects its value to the construction industry.” As well as being self-cleaning, the use of Pilkington Activ™ impacts upon health and safety, as it eliminates the need for specialist cleaning which in turn, alleviates the risks associated with working at heights.
Up to thirteen very large buildings across the quarter will be eventually repaired as part of the multi million pound development, with the Trencherfield Mill site alone scheduled for transformation to include a brand new performance venue, heritage attraction, hotel, restaurant, bar and apartments. Described as a classic piece of contemporary urban renaissance, the Pilkington Activ™ glazed roof heralds the beginning of a project that will last until at least 2008.