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Pilkington provides fire protection at North Glasgow College

North Glasgow College has utilised Pilkington Pyrostop™ fire resistant glazing for a brand new state-of-the-art learning facility in its campus in the Springburn area of the city. This £42 million, 16,900m² development incorporates a central atrium space, with Pilkington Pyrostop™ used to protect its occupants and contents from fire whilst allowing natural light into the building.

North Glasgow College has utilised Pilkington Pyrostop™ for a brand new state-of-the-art learning facility.

The atrium accommodates a new Learning Resource Centre with key facilities, such as brand new computing systems. Two elements of the college - academic teaching spaces and technical workshops - have been linked with a glazed corridor, with the atrium providing a new social hub, café area and a junction where circulation routes cross. Safety is paramount, and a tried and tested product with protection against heat, flames and hot gases was required. Pilkington Pyrostop™ is a clear, laminated fire resistant glass providing integrity and insulation - two key features for protecting against fire – vital in a college housing people and valuable equipment.

Pilkington worked closely with window fabricators, Mann McGowan, who used 212m2 of Pilkington Pyrostop™ to construct windows for the atrium that met the required fire resistance to BS 476 part 22, and stipulated that the fire-resistant barriers must provide demonstrated 60 minutes insulation and integrity performance by test. Pilkington Pyrostop™ provides this as well as impact resistance to Class 1(B)1 to BS EN 12600, signifying laminated impact performance at the highest classification. This makes it the product to use wherever a complete, physically robust fire protection shield is required in combination with the high standards provided by Pilkington products.

Paul Stallan, Director of architects RMJM, commented: “The safety of students and staff is the most important aspect when designing any educational building, so of course we ensured that products of the highest standard like Pilkington Pyrostop™ were used in every aspect of the design and construction, to guarantee the best protection against the effects of fire.

“Fire protection is not just about life safety; with property losses rising, the focus in the current climate is increasingly towards safeguarding investments, and protecting current assets, which Pilkington assists with their fire-resistant glass. All involved in the project are excited and committed to procuring the best possible future for North Glasgow College and the surrounding community, with Pilkington Pyrostop™ helping us to create a highly secure and safe piece of architecture.”

In the event of fire Pilkington Pyrostop™ turns opaque providing both the integrity requirements of a barrier to hot gases and flames, as well as effective insulation from heat. As such, Pilkington Pyrostop™ not only complies with the strictest applicable British standards but also the European and ISO standards in a wide range of varied fire-resistant framing systems, providing maximum, easy and reliable choice for the designer and installer.

For more information visit www.pilkington.co.uk/pyrostop

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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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