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SS-50TB roof access hatches
The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World is the newest gallery of the British Museum in London. The new space is located in the 'White Wing' area of the museum, which had been disused for several years and was in need of renovation, including a replacement roof.
The roof of the West Wing was originally laid in lead but was later replaced with copper in the 1960s. As part of the original refurbishment project, it was decided to return the roof to the original lead design. Roof timbers and boarding were overhauled and 45 tonnes of new lead added.
Ladder access was required to the roof void area to allow for routine maintenance.
Bilco supplied 21 SS-50TB roof access hatches, which were specified by the architects, HoK. The roof hatches were custom-made to the required size, since they were larger than the standard sizes available from stock. The hatches were also manufactured with a PPC finish to blend in with the new roof.