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Pilkington Planar™ creates new vision for Royal National College for the Blind


Students at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) have been given safer surroundings to learn in thanks to Pilkington PlanarTM

Students at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) have been given safer surroundings to learn in thanks to Pilkington Planar™. Specified to limit the effects of natural light on the building’s interior, the glazing system aims to stop partially sighted students becoming disorientated by shadows, ensuring they are safe and secure within their environment.

RNC is the country’s leading college of further education and training for people aged over 16 who are blind or partially sighted. More than 175m2 of Pilkington Planar™ was specified in the construction of a new facade for the Hereford College sports centre, the Point4. The gym is an important feature of the site - the College has an emphasis on sport and is home to the GB Blind Football squad, so it was important that this facility performed well, had a professional feel and was aesthetically pleasing.

Pilkington Optifloat™ Green, a tinted float glass, was used to reduce the effects of solar glare. When combined with Pilkington K Glass™, which provides thermal insulation with a low emissivity coating, the glazing system achieved its key aim to prevent students becoming disorientated.

Tim Abram, Architect, at architects Wilmore Iles, said: “We have used the Pilkington Planar™ system in the past, but this project was particularly challenging technically. As a result we enlisted the help of specialist glazing contractors Bridgetown Developments, who advised us throughout the project and were confident the system would perform well and meet the needs of RNC.

“The key concept for this project was to limit the effects of natural light on the buildings interior and minimise the effect of shadows which can disorientate students who are partially sighted. Green tinted Pilkington Optifloat™, which reflects bright sunlight, was used alongside artificial lighting to minimise this problem. Pilkington Planar™ completed the overall concept by providing a solid, transparent structure that would meet our requirements.”

The college has large grounds which are used for many sports, and because of these excellent facilities the college is hosting the World Blind Football Championships in 2010. RNC has also been recommended as a Paralympic training camp for visiting teams in 2012, with the necessary resources to accommodate athletes and their training requirements.

Pilkington Planar™ is the world’s leading frameless structural glazing system, which, with support from a dedicated team of glass and construction industry professionals, can be applied to a variety of projects.

Pilkington Planar™ specification

Bottom tier: 80.00m2

40mm thick double glazed laminated Pilkington Planar™ units comprising:

  • Outer pane: 10mm thick Pilkington OptifloatTM Green Toughened Plus
  • Air space: 16mm Spacer
  • Inner pane: 6mm clear Pilkington K Glass™ heat strengthened
  • 1.5mm PVB Interlayer
  • 6mm clear Pilkington K Glass™ heat strengthened

Middle tier: 55.00m2

32mm thick double glazed Pilkington Planar™ units comprising:

  • Outer pane: 10mm thick Pilkington Optifloat™ Green Toughened Plus
  • Air space: 16mm Spacer
  • Inner pane: 6mm clear Pilkington K Glass™ Toughened Plus

Top tier: 30.00m2

32mm thick double glazed Pilkington Planar™ units comprising:

  • Outer pane: 10mm thick Pilkington OptifloatTM Green Toughened Plus complete with cactus green ceramic frit to side 2
  • Air space: 16mm Spacer
  • Inner pane: 6mm clear Pilkington K Glass™ Toughened Plus

Glass fins:

15mm thick x 360 wide clear Pilkington K Glass™ Toughened Plus

Door specification: (Per entrance)

Glass:

  • 32mm thick overall double glazed Pilkington Planar™ units comprising:
  • Outer pane: 10mm thick Pilkington Optifloat™ Green Toughened Plus
  • Air space: 16mm Spacer
  • I nner pane: 6mm clear Pilkington K Glass™ Toughened Plus


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NSG Group, the manufacturer of Pilkington glass in the UK, manufactures a wide range of float, coated, rolled, laminated and toughened glass products as well as its own range of high-performance insulating glass units. Glass is distributed direct to customers, either as stock or as bespoke processed products to meet their needs, either direct from St Helens or through its network of branches countrywide.

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