Pilkington Provides Fire Protection At North Glasgow College

07 July 2009
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


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 

Specification:
212m2 23mm Pilkington Pyrostop™ 60-101