A major project to transform the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics media centre into a creative hub is nearing completion, with fire-resistant glazed atriums supplied by Devizes-based Wrightstyle, utilising specialist glass from Pyroguard.
Here East is a new campus for the creative and digital industries, transforming the former press and broadcast centres on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into 1.2 million sq ft of commercial space. Continue reading ‘Glass and glazing systems transform Olympic media centre’
Wrightstyle Limited is a leading UK supplier of integrated steel and aluminium glazing systems and exports worldwide. Jane Embury, the company’s commercial director, looks at some notorious prison fires – and the appalling conditions in some facilities today.
When fire breaks out in a highly-populated building, the first priority is to ensure occupant safety, normally by quick evacuation.
But what happens when the whole purpose of that building is to prevent people from being evacuated? That’s one of the dilemmas in designing fire safety for prisons. Continue reading ‘Wrightstyle and escaping from prison fires’
Wrightstyle is a specialist steel and aluminium glazing company and supplies its fire-rated systems internationally. Jane Embury, the company’s marketing director, looks at how fires can be started accidentally or stupidly.
Fires usually start from the most innocuous, or stupid, of reasons.
For example, a woman in Bridgend, South Wales, accidentally set her house on fire last year after trying to kill a spider by spraying it with a lit aerosol can.
Even more stupid, again last year, was a rioter in Ferguson, Missouri who accidentally burned down his own house after mistaking it for a convenience store.
According to a report, the 32-year-old threw a Molotov cocktail at a window not realizing he was setting fire to his own home. Continue reading ‘Wrightstyle, terminal stupidity and innocuous fires’
Wrightstyle, the advanced steel and aluminium glazing company, has helped to transform a tired London 1960s high-rise block, building in new and improved levels of fire safety.
The 10-storey Leyton Green tower block, in Leyton, east London, has been extensively refurbished, with Wrightstyle completing a glazed tower to provide enhanced staircase access and, more importantly, a protected escape route.
The Waltham Forest completion comes only weeks after the London Fire Brigade (LFB) announced that there had been 684 fires in high rise flats in 2014, with the LFG launching a Continue reading ‘Wrightstyle fire protects 1960s London tower block’
Limiting the spread of smoke and fire is a key consideration for any building owner, and to ensure maximum protection, Kingspan Tarec® has now unveiled the Kingspan Tarec® Kooltherm® FireSleeve, a slim solution which expands to several times its normal size in the event of fire, helping to seal service penetrations and can reinstate the original fire rating of a building element. Continue reading ‘Kingspan Tarec launches Kooltherm Firesleeve’
A Prince’s Regeneration Trust project to restore an historic pottery in Stoke-on-Trent illustrates the versatility of passive fire protection products from Promat UK. Promat MASTERBOARD® and Promat SUPALUX® are being used to reproduce the effect of the old timber plank lining which was originally used at Middleport Pottery in Burslem.
The majority of the Promat boards will be installed in 200mm wide strips, to recreate the original look and feel of the pottery’s interior, whilst providing the Continue reading ‘PROMAT PROVIDES FIRE PROTECTION WITH STYLE FOR HISTORIC REFURBISHMENT PROJECT’