Pilkington Planar™ has provided Yorkshire Bank with a striking glass wall as part of a refurbishment of its headquarters in Leeds. The building, situated in the city centre, incorporates 350m2 of Pilkington’s world renowned frameless structural glazing system.
The combination of the curved-on-plan clear Pilkington Planar™ glazing and the specifically designed lightweight tension structure support system creates a new welcome and vibrancy to the building. The ability to supply multi-functional glazing in this way gives architects extensive design freedom to achieve a wide range of glazed solutions in many building applications. The design flexibility, safety performance, appearance and transparency can be utilised to create aesthetically pleasing refurbishments such as the Yorkshire Bank, Leeds.
Ollie Taffinder, Managing Director of Specialist sub-contractor O.J. Taffinder Ltd, installer of the system said: “The use of Pilkington PlanarTM in this project was necessary in order to create a large, clear façade for the building’s front. The building is wide and curved at the front, so we needed a system that would enable us to fit in a curved glazing system without resorting to bulky and unsightly framing.
“Pilkington PlanarTM enabled us to maximise the amount of light let into the building, whilst ensuring that the security and structural integrity remained in place. As this is the headquarters of a bank, we specified toughened glass to make sure this was achieved.”
The lightweight tension structure support concept is a development from the more traditional steel structures and provides an elegant visual appearance. Similar in transparency to the glass fin walls.
With a proven track record in the most demanding applications, the Pilkington Planar™ System continues to lead the way in tension structure technology with many successful applications worldwide. . The Yorkshire Bank HQ project Leeds represents the latest addition to this prestigious portfolio.
Pilkington PlanarTM Specification:
- 350m2 Curved glazing: 12mm Clear Heat-soaked Toughened Glass.
- 15m2 laminated glass, comprising:
- 10mm Clear Heat-soaked Toughened Glass
- 1.51mm Clear PVB Interlayer
- 6mm Clear Heat Strengthened Glass