Pilkington Planarô Perfect for Penallta House05 November 2008
Caerphilly County Council’s new high tech headquarters in Ystrad Mynach, Wales, has been given a fantastic façade by the world’s leading structural frameless glazing system, Pilkington Planar™. The new building, known as Penallta House, benefits from 700m2 of glazing that forms an imposing full height façade to flood the building’s entrance area with natural light. The 20m high, 36m wide structure is part of a £20.8million building project to create a central office which houses a range of key services such as finance, IT, education and Customer First Services. It also features a debating chamber, meeting rooms and accommodation for the executive and civic offices.
The development achieved an ‘excellent’ rating on the BREEAM environmental assessment scale and has been installed with a ground source heating system, which is symbolic of the local authority’s commitment to sustainable development, as well as helping to reduce its carbon footprint and cut down on energy costs. This is complemented by the use of market leading low-e Pilkington K Glass™ in the façade. Specified in its toughened and heat soaked form to provide safety and structural integrity, the energy efficient glazing’s specially formulated low-emissivity coating helps to keep heat inside the building.
Kevin Morgan, from Powell Dobson Architects, said: “When we designed the building, we knew the large amount of glazing in the front façade would need to meet thermal performance requirements. Specifying an inner layer of Pilkington K Glass™ within the system ensured that the design could incorporate the expanse of glazing without extensive heat loss. We worked with Pilkington Architectural to develop the specification because they provide an excellent service, offering real insight into the technical and engineering details of glazing projects of all shapes and sizes.”
Carl Summers, Project Manager at Pilkington Planar™ installers Glamalco Ltd, Ipswich Road, Cardiff, said: "The project was quite an undertaking, it was our biggest ever Pilkington Planar™ job, which is shown by the wide range of apparatus we used during installation. We utilised glass suckers, cherry pickers and cranes to put the glass into place at all levels due to the exceptional size and weight of the Planar units. The end result is worth it, as the building looks really impressive."
The versatility of Pilkington Planar™ continues to provide architects and specifiers with an ideal solution for frameless structural glazing. Its use offers the epitome of modern design for buildings, and it can be combined with a large selection of the products in the Pilkington range to produce excellent architectural glazing for any development.