READING, UNITED KINGDOM
No.1 Forbury Place in Reading, UK, is the largest butt-jointed fire-rated glazing construction in Europe. Furthermore, it was the first project in which Vetrotech supplied its oversize fire-resistant glass, Contraflam Mega.
The project comprises more than 1'400 m2 of Vetrotech’s EI30 fire resistant glazing solution: Contraflam. On the ground floor of the 8-story atrium Contraflam Mega single panes are installed with heights of 4.5 m and weights up to almost 0.5 t. The 4-sided vitreous atrium from the first to the seventh floor has been fully equipped with Vetrotech’s Contraflam Structure flush glazing solution.
In addition to the EI 30 fire classification, the glazing required a fall protection feature for which Vetrotech worked in close collaboration with metal fabricator Arkoni. Likewise, the glasses were processed with a screen-printed ceramic frit on the bottom to conceal the gap between the computer floor and concrete floor slab at each level.
81 m2 Contraflam Mega EI30
as glass walls in the ground floor
1'351m2 Contraflam Structure EI30
as butt joint partition wall solution
Photography by Sean Conboy