Two curved glass canopies secured using SFS intec’s innovative canopy fixing system have added the finishing touch to a new factory complex for one of the UK’s largest suppliers of potatoes and vegetables.
The new Prepared Factory building for Branston Ltd in Lincolnshire has been designed to incorporate a contemporary glazed main entrance featuring curtain walling over which is a curved glass canopy spanning 2.6m. A second canopy of a similar size has been installed above the staff entrance to the building.
Both glass canopies were installed by aluminium curtain walling specialist MB Glass who were awarded the contract by main contractor Chalcroft Construction. MB Glass provided crucial design input at the concept stage to ensure safe, secure canopies were achievable with slim, unobtrusive attachments to the structure.
The SFS intec VDS80 canopy attachment system was used for both canopies, each featuring three tie-bars to deliver a contemporary look. On the curtain wall façade, this system was used in combination with MB Glass’s special bracket which attaches directly to the aluminium curtain walling so there is no need for additional support.
The curve and angle of each canopy ensures that rainwater runs off at the sides to keep the public area adequately sheltered. And by using glass, the amount of natural daylight inside and outside the entrances is maximised.
Mark Brown, managing director of MB Glass says, “We were appointed to design, manufacture and install the whole external glazed façade at the new Branston factory which included glass canopies. Thanks to the SFS intec system and our own special bracket, we were able to deliver a very impressive looking result with no need for bulky canopy attachments.”
The SFS intec glass canopy system is available in three packages to suit small, medium and large canopies making it easy to specify. Attachment is by proven SFS intec single-point glass retainers and tie rods mounted on the wall bracket with bolts and locking pins. The pitch of the canopy can be adjusted +/- 5 degrees by rotating the tie rods.