One of the iconic symbols of Belfast’s regeneration has proved an outstanding success with the public, while the project team and its suppliers, including a member of the Steel Window Association, can take great pride in the quality of the new retail and leisure complex.
ASD Metal Services, based in Leeds, produced a series of fire rated glazed screens to help ensure the safety of customers using the car parks serving Victoria Square, a mixed use development designed by BDP, providing nearly 63,000 square metres of retail space, as well as entertainment venues and penthouse apartments in the heart of the city.
ASD employed the Forster Thermfix 45 curtain walling system to fabricate the large format screens installed in the circulation routes which would also provide for emergency egress. Importantly the screens, together with the Fuego doorsets, offer 60 minutes of insulation as well as integrity when tested in accordance with BS 476 Part 22 – a measure which can prove critical if an evacuation needs to be carried out during a fire emergency.
Despite this exceptional performance, the screens still optimise light transmission as well as openness with slim, 45 mm framing sections. The screens were glazed with Pyrospan fire rated and toughened glass: a specification which also serves to accommodate barrier loads.
ASD offers its customers a wide selection of stainless and coated steel sections for the fabrication of full façade systems as well as individual doors and windows able to provide excellent thermal, acoustic and security performance.
Since its official opening Victoria Square has been a great success with stores such as flagship anchor tenant, House of Fraser, attracting up to 175,000 people every week.
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