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Stonehenge visitor centre scoops commercial project of the year at G14 awards

<br />Commercial Project of the Year at the prestigious G14<br />Commercial Project of the Year at the prestigious G14
Commercial Project of the Year at the prestigious G14

Commercial Project of the Year at the prestigious G14

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, has won Commercial Project of the Year at the prestigious G14 awards for its glazing system used in English Heritage’s recently opened visitor centre for Stonehenge, the World Heritage site.

The centre is designed to blend into its surroundings by evoking a copse of trees. The manufacturer, working with architect Denton Corker Marshall and installer Vitrine Systems, created a 4.3 metre-tall structural glass façade encasing one of the two pods that make up the building.

The concept behind the glazed pod – which contains a café, a gift shop and an educational area – was to allow unimpeded sight-lines in and out of the building, keeping visitors in close contact with the landscape outside. This was achieved thanks to Pilkington OptiwhiteTM extra clear low-iron glass. At the same time, the façade needed to be strong enough to stand up to the high winds that can travel across the site on Salisbury Plain, and also offer excellent thermal performance to maintain a comfortable climate for visitors.

The Pilkington PlanarTM structural glazing system chosen by the design team fitted the bill as it featured double-glazed units held in place with low-profile yet high-strength stainless steel fixings.

Phil Savage, commercial sector manager at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, said: “This project, with its demanding requirements both in terms of sensitivity to aesthetics and high performance requirements, is an ideal showcase for the Pilkington PlanarTM system, and it is great that this has been recognised by the judges.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to delivering this project so successfully, both in our business and across the other teams involved in the project – we couldn’t have done it without such close co-operation between all parties.”

A video in which Terry Lidster, façade engineer at Pilkington Architectural talks though the project in more detail is available here: http://youtu.be/jEzhKiVX4aU



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Pilkington Building Products - UK

NSG Group, the manufacturer of Pilkington glass in the UK, manufactures a wide range of float, coated, rolled, laminated and toughened glass products as well as its own range of high-performance insulating glass units. Glass is distributed direct to customers, either as stock or as bespoke processed products to meet their needs, either direct from St Helens or through its network of branches countrywide.

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