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  • Blog Post
    21 December 2012

    A Round Up of Activity in 2012

    The past 12 months, although challenging, have been extremely eventful. We have lots of positive news as well as exciting developments – so what a better way to round off the year by sharing a couple of our highlights.

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  • Blog Post
    10 December 2012

    Start wrapping up warm with Thermal Solutions from Pilkington

    Britain’s recent wintery weather may start causing some homeowners to feel the effects of the cold, experiencing draughts or cold spots because of old or poorly fitted glazing units. Often ill insulated, draughty properties – both old and new properties – can lose heat through all kinds of nooks and crannies – meaning vital energy escapes and energy bills soar.

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  • Blog Post
    27 November 2012

    Thanks a Million: Competition Launched to Celebrate Pilkington K Glass™ S Anniversary

    The NSG Group has launched a competition aimed at existing and potential customers  to celebrate the first birthday of Pilkington K Glass™ S in the UK & Ireland.

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  • Blog Post
    13 November 2012

    Free Your Vision with our Structural Glazing

    Introducing Pilkington Planar™ Crystal Connect™. A joint venture with Dow Corning that puts innovation at the forefront of design. Pilkington Planar™ and Dow Corning are uniquely placed to join forces to create a product that provides specifiers and architects with a new option in point fixed structural glazing.

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  • Blog Post
    24 October 2012

    UK Coater Update - £36M Offline Coater Now Complete

    The new £36 million coater, situated at the Cowley Hill site, St Helens, is one of the most advanced facilities of its type in the world, and is due to start manufacture in November. The coater will enable ultra-thin special coatings to be applied to glazing solutions, allowing for an extensive range of high performance energy-saving glazing products to be produced. Continue to read for more information.

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  • Blog Post
    16 October 2012

    Gassiot House – a Healthy Use of Pilkington Planar™

    Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing was chosen for its strength and structural integrity,  for the refurbishment of Gassiot House at St Thomas’ Hospital, which opened in June 2012. Around 150 sq metres of the innovative glazing system was used to create a brighter and more user-friendly reception area for out-patients visiting the hospital in Southwark, London.

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  • Blog Post
    28 September 2012

    UK COATER – WE’RE ALMOST THERE

    One of the world’s most technically advanced, and NSG Group’s first ever UK Jumbo off-line coating plant is scheduled to open this November, after 12 months of construction, 135 trailer loads of equipment and 16,000 man hours training.

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  • Blog Post
    17 September 2012

    External Condensation

    We often get asked about external condensation as there is a common misconception that it is caused through a fault in glazing units. Condensation, a natural occurrence, can occur on the external surface of double glazed units, especially as winter approaches. To help explain, we investigate the causes below.

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  • Blog Post
    03 September 2012

    Keep Your Home Warm and Your Bills Low this Winter

    With a cold winter just around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to invest in Pilkington energiKare™ energy-efficient glazing. However, many homeowners are often baffled by the vast range of glazing solutions available – often confused on what, and how Window Energy Ratings (WERs) work. Here Tony Smith, Business Development Manager at Pilkington UK Limited, shares his expertise to ensure that our glazing purchases pay off.

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  • Blog Post
    17 August 2012

    Reducing the risk of urban flooding with Pilkington Activ™

    The recent erratic weather conditions in the UK have left local authorities looking for new solutions to help towns in areas of high risk to cope with heavy rainfall and the possibility of flooding. IBS Engineered Products, a specialist in the design, supply and installation of flow control and flood protection equipment, is now working within these communities to establish preventative measures to help combat the devastation that these natural disasters cause.

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  • Blog Post
    06 August 2012

    The Good Glass Guide

    Phil Brown has 25 years experience in the business and a day to day job as Manager of the Technical Advisory Service for Pilkington. Here is his expert advice answering frequently asked questions about using glass in the home.

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  • Blog Post
    20 July 2012

    Battling the British Summer with Pilkington Activ™

    With Friday 6th July being named the wettest day of the year, this summer Britons have already faced a barrage of bad weather. Parts of the country have already had a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

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  • Blog Post
    09 July 2012

    Gwyn Hall showcases Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing within stunning new renovation

    Gwyn Hall has been restored to its former glory as part of a £7m renovation project that introduces modern design elements to the building’s original Victorian architecture. The new cafe and entrance foyer is now beautifully housed within the structurally innovative Pilkington Planar™.

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  • Blog Post
    21 June 2012

    Zara Hadid becomes a Dame Thanks to her Impressive Glass Based Architecture

    Recognised for her services to architecture inhabitat.com suggests Zaha Hadid is ‘the most renowned and celebrated contemporary female architect in the world.’ From Olympic buildings to Opera houses her modern designs feature some of the most interesting uses of glass in architecture today.

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  • Blog Post
    07 June 2012

    Going Green is Childs Play

    With the recent push to go green, it seems that the nation’s children are more clued up than most adults. Our recent survey into how the UK are adopting energy-efficient measures provided some surprising results.

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  • Blog Post
    25 May 2012

    Enjoy the Benefits of Outdoor Living all Year Round with a Versatile Glass Extension

    Making the most of your outdoor space has never been easier this summer, thanks to a new range of modern glass extensions from Ultraframe that help to bring the outdoors in.

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  • Blog Post
    14 May 2012

    London an Innovative Metropolis

    London’s skyline has been booming since the 1960’s after the height restrictions on buildings was lifted, allowing the country’s capital to become a playground of the world’s most creative architects. Here we take a look at some of the impressive structures changing the city.

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  • Blog Post
    27 April 2012

    From a family company in 1826 to a world leader in glass

    The NSG Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the construction industry, the automotive industry and the specialty glass sector, with manufacturing operations in around 30 countries on four continents and sales in around 130 countries.

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  • Blog Post
    11 April 2012

    Is Glass the Key to Eco Friendly Dream Homes?

    Architectural designs of ‘dream homes’ are becoming increasingly ambitious and innovative with large glazed surfaces now regularly used to create impressive architectural impact.

    Traditionally people have associated large glass areas with energy inefficiency and chilly interiors, but as technology develops, people are recognising that glass is not only aesthetically pleasing but can provide homeowners or architects with a number of energy saving benefits.

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  • Blog Post
    29 March 2012

    Highlights from Ecobuild 2012

    We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who visited the Pilkington stand at Ecobuild 2012 in London, and helped to make it such a huge success.

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  • Blog Post
    23 March 2012

    Creative Uses of Glass in Architecture

    To celebrate the use of glass in modern architecture, we would like to share some of our favourite inspirational buildings. From the outrageous to the beautifully simple, it is the inclusion of glass in these structures that helps to create such an impact.

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  • Blog Post
    16 March 2012

    Pilkington Glass and Ecobuild, help build your future

    We’re proud to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at Ecobuild 2012!

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  • Blog Post
    08 March 2012

    Make Do and Mend: How glass is breathing life back into old homes

    The ‘Make do and mend’ trend has gained popularity recently, seeing homeowners and architects exploring new ways to modernise homes – transforming their investment and adapting a home rather then putting up a “for sale” sign. Shaped glass exterior extensions and complete interior renovations are just a couple of ways you can ‘make do and mend.’

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  • Blog Post
    02 March 2012

    Burning Questions, Brilliant Solutions. Specifying the right type of fire-resistant glass

    Choosing the right fire resistant glass for your application is vital as it’s important to know that the product specified and installed will perform as intended should a fire occur. Our knowledge and unique software, Specifire, will advise you on the right type of glass to suit your specific project.

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  • Blog Post
    24 February 2012

    Decorative Glass and House for an Art Lover

    Designed by the internationally acclaimed Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover is a spectacular cultural attraction and tourist destination in Glasgow, Scotland which integrates beautiful stained glass windows into the building design.

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  • Blog Post
    15 February 2012

    How Green is Glass?

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and this week Nick Shore, the Sustainability Director for NSG Group, shares his view on the topic ‘how green is glass?’

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    03 February 2012

    A Brief History of Glass

    Glass has been produced and used by mankind for thousands of years, and its use in architecture has developed significantly with technological advancements in production.

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  • Blog Post
    26 January 2012

    Innovative New Builds of 2012

    As this year rapidly speeds by – 2012 is already starting to become a fascinating year for architecture – seeing some of the most influential architects complete various projects across the globe.

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    23 January 2012

    New Builds with Olympic Standards

    As London steadies itself ahead of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympics Games, construction of the much-anticipated sporting village is now well under way. The new builds are set to bring some stunning new additions to the capital’s already iconic skyline, promising to excite its visitors by delivering technologically advanced sporting venues that not only perform well, but also showcase the very best in 21st century architecture.

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  • Blog Post
    13 January 2012

    Driving a change with Pilkington glass products

    Pilkington is part of the NSG Group, one of the largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building, automotive and speciality glass markets. At present the NSG Group employs over 29,000 people worldwide, manufactures in over 29 countries and sells in over 130.

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  • Blog Post
    06 January 2012

    The battle against January winds

    If April’s weather is renowned for showers, then January should now be known for its incredible winds.

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