Project Type – Commercial
Location – London
Main Contractor – MACE Group
Harlow Glass have completed the development, manufacture and installation of feature architectural glass panels. The high end design intent was mocked up in the design stage by the architects PLP Architecture. This required full development to production scale by Harlow Glass to achieve the design intent. Close liaison was undertaken with mesh suppliers Cadisch MDA. This ensured a process of powder coating to a tight palette of 12 white/grey shades could be achieved. This included a site visit with the client team to the factory in Italy. The laminating process was also observed to maintain quality.
Through a rigorous development process the powder coating and laminating processes were combined. This resulted in a first in glass laminating providing a thin gauge, coloured mesh within the glass panels. Half the panels then received a matching back painting treatment. Leaving the second set of panels transparent to allow vision through the mesh. The end result was 800 individual panels of glass in a combination of colours. These were all installed safely by Harlow Glass within the buildings feature entrance hall.
Additional panels were also supplied to KONE lifts. These laminated the mesh in its raw machined form. A tight quality control regime was fully managed by Harlow Glass throughout the project. Our internal design development and management service can benefit main contractors. It provides architects and clients with their design intent alongside complete control of the process. Without the need to outsource knowledge and relationships are built up during the detailed design process to ensure a seamless, and high impact result.
The second feature of the reception is the “Feature X”. This was fully sourced and installed by Harlow Glass to replicate the external finish of the building. The panels had a maximum height of 4.6m with a total weight of 580kg. By providing this installation we prevented the main contractor needing to split the glass works package, giving single point control and accountability.
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