Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
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Shepheard Epstein Hunter
B10, B20 and B30 systems
The Atrium Building, part of a £3.7 billion development of Canning Town and Custom House, provides the East City Point development with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.
Led by Shepheard Epstein Hunter, the design intent was to create a space that was natural in appearance with the use of wood finishes. A glass balustrade design was specified to capitalise on the light created with the all-glass facade. There were a number of conflicts between design intent and ease of delivery which caused some initial challenges:
BA Systems' design team engaged with Countryside Properties from a very early pre-construction stage with the aim of developing a value-engineered solution to reflect the design intent, that could be quickly installed and offered cost savings.
Balustrading would form an integral part of the building, and the B30 system was proposed as a solution for the void and walkway balustrade. As the balustrade posts serve as a structural element to the balustrade, this means that the base channel for the glass only needed to be a very low non-structural profile. All fixing details could therefore be concealed within the low floor build-up.
The base channel was also designed to integrate with the outside fascia panel. A small lip on the channel gave a surface for the fascia panel to slot into and allowed for a neat finish.
In order to achieve the wood-effect handrail and deliver a durable and long-lasting product, BA Systems proposed a powder-coated wood grain effect finish to be applied to the aluminium profile.
For the four stair cores (a total of 60 stair flights), BA Systems proposed their proprietary stair products. The B29 system was designed with a 42mm satin stainless steel handrail and a 10mm toughened glass infill. This was complemented with a B10 42mm stainless steel wall mounted handrail.
• Manufacture and install
With a very tight programme to work to and a number of other trades to co-ordinate with, the B30 system provided BA Systems an opportunity to innovate on manufacture and installation techniques.
With this tight schedule in mind, BA Systems planned the manufacture stage to minimise the on-site installation time. All handrails, posts and base channels were manufactured and cut to size in the offsite manufacturing facility. Using an automatic aluminium cutting saw enabled handrails to be cut with speed and precision. Before delivery to site, all powder-coated posts and handrails were pre-wrapped and protected.
During the installation phase, this modular product was assembled as a 2-stage install. At first fix stage, the posts and channel were installed to allow for the fascia and flooring to wrap around the fixing detail. At the second stage, the glass and pre-wrapped handrail was fitted. The stair core handrail and balustrade was installed in a single stage towards the end of the project to avoid unnecessary damage caused during the main construction.
This project is designed to make use of natural light, while providing a warm and collaborative atmosphere.
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