FIRE-RATED GLAZING AT NEWCASTLE LANDMARK

One of the most recognisable buildings on the Tyneside skyline has been given a new lease of life thanks to BAM Construction, with Arkoni providing fire rated screen and door sets as well as non-fire rated glazing.
One of the most recognisable buildings on the Tyneside skyline has been
given a new lease of life thanks to BAM Construction with Arkoni providing
fire rated screen and door sets as well as non-fire rated glazing.
 
Parsons Tower, a 70s tower block that forms part of the Newcastle College's
Ryehill Campus, has recently undergone a £13 million refurbishment under the
auspices of Newcastle-based Red Box Architecture. The project has involved
the construction of contemporary façades, new windows, internal remodelling
and upgraded M&E services.
 
Martin Quarmby of Arkoni explained: "Parsons Tower is one of the first
visible landmarks as you cross the Tyne Bridge. It's undoubtedly an iconic
part of the Newcastle skyline. 
 
"We were awarded the contract in August 2014 to supply fire-rated glazing
over multiple floor levels. The fire ratings for the internal refurbishment
ranged from 30 minutes through to 2 hours.
 
"Arkoni supplied all the fire-rated glazing using Forster systems. Due to
some of the glazed screens forming a barrier, the framing sections were
reinforced with additional steel internally. 
 
"All of the glazing had an additional laminated layer with a PVB interlayer
at the request of the university. This additional weight to the glass made
the logistics and handling of the materials added a degree of complexity to
the project," added Martin.
 
Work concluded on site in September 2015.

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