Glazed façade experts Façade & Glazing Solutions UK have designed, specified and installed a stunning glass façade and atrium at Lambeth Council’s new Brixton base.
Among the various functions located on the new Town Hall redevelopment site is the new Lambeth Civic Office, comprising five floors of state-of-the-art office space for Lambeth Council, in addition to a Customer Services Centre at the ground floor.
The space provides a light, accessible and welcoming environment for all visitors. FGS’ façade contracting division was commissioned to design, specify and install the glazing profile for the new Lambeth Civic Office’s façade and atrium.
A key consideration for the project was that leading Lambeth live music venue Electric Brixton is located immediately adjacent to the Civic Office and had to remain operational throughout the redevelopment work. For the glazing project this meant a reduced site footprint and working area, as well as additional safety and noise concerns to consider during specification and installation.
FGS’ flagship VS-1 curtain walling system was specified to provide the main feature glazing on the front elevation and atrium. VS-1’s ability to carry large spans of glass made it the ideal choice for the atrium’s feature glazing, which is 25m high with only one midspan tie back.
Its external-mullion-only configuration allowed FGS to create a large, unbroken internal expanse of glass, as well as allowing light-diffusing brackets to be hung externally to reduce structural load. For the glazing element, various products were combined to create sealed units with the ideal balance of properties for their locations.
Products used included SGG SECURIT, SGG COOL-LITE SKN 165 II, and SGG STADIP PROTECT, laminated safety glass which retains some residual strength when broken. Additionally, electrochromic glass panes by Sage Glass were carried by the VS-1 system on the south elevation of the façade.