Published On: Mon, Aug 4th, 2014

Glassolutions meets demanding glazing spec at designer outlet

LDO 014compressedHigh performance glazing from GLASSOLUTIONS features in London’s new £100m London Designer Outlet complex at Wembley Park which boasts the largest catchment area of any shopping centre in the UK.

The demanding glazing specification delivers optimum solar control, high light transmission and thermal efficiency as well as meeting exacting performance standards for anti-vandalism, acoustic efficiency, strength and safety.

Opened in October 2103, the 350,000 sq ft London Designer Outlet features brand-leading retailers including Nike, Gap, M&S and Clarks and houses a nine-screen Cineworld alongside a strong restaurant line up.  It serves a catchment of 10.4million people within a 60 minute radius of its North London location. Owned by Quintain Estates and Development Plc, the complex was designed by Leslie Jones Architects.

Using glass from GLASSOLUTIONS, Facades and shopfront specialists DML Group completed the £2.5m glazing fit out for main contractor John Sisk & Son on budget and on schedule.

Single-glazed shop fronts feature 13.5mm heat-strengthened clear SGG Stadip Protect Planidur Planilux glass.  Two-ply lamination provides anti-vandalism and anti-bandit performance with units withstanding loads of 1.5 tonnes to ensure public safety. The glazing cuts out 67% of the sun’s heat energy whilst allowing 60% of the sun’s light into the building.

Double glazed units comprise outer panes of 6mm SGG Securit Cool-lite SKN165ii and inner panes of 13.5mm SGG Stadip Protect Planidur Planilux with a 14mm 90% argon filled cavity to provide a u-value of 1.1.

Both double glazed units and single glass shop front deliver a sound reduction of 37Rw dB for ambient noise and 33Rw dB for road traffic noise.

Says Glassolutions’ area sales executive, Ian Snow, who liaised with Drawn Metal Limited prior to installation to ensure the exacting glazing specification was met:

“This is a major landmark building, prominently in the public eye, and glazing is both a strongly functional and aesthetic feature of the design so it was vital that it performed to the highest standard.  DML are vastly experienced in this kind of high profile complex scheme.  With our design and development pedigree and our track record as part of one of the world’s leading building components businesses – Saint-Gobain – GLASSOLUTIONS was ideally placed to provide the optimum performance glass products on this prestigious scheme.”

Completion of the 70 store and 20 restaurant London Designer Outlet earlier this year marked the end of the first 1.8m sq ft phase of Quintain’s 8.5m sq ft mixed use Wembley Park development.  It is one of a number of recent high profile projects for GLASSOLUTIONS in the capital including retrofit at 123 Victoria Street, fenestration at Mount Pleasant sorting office, Mace Group’s headquarters in Farringdon and first fix at the Olympic velodrome.