Passive fire protection for a spectacular central atrium in Dublin city centre.
Installed by Allied, a market leader in interior solutions, the proven butt-jointed, steel framed fire resistant glazing system has been used to create all the glass screens which encapsulate the atrium at the heart of No. 1 Dublin Landings. Part of Ballymore and Oxley’s scheme with an investment value of €700m, this is the key office building within the one million sq. ft. mixed use joint development on North Wall Quay on the banks of the River Liffey.
It is home to Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which provides a range of asset and liability management services to Government, with the site also providing the new headquarters for the Central Bank of Ireland.
The central atrium rises through the Arrow/RKD Architects designed building, with each level featuring SYSTEMGLAS Ferro as a floor to ceiling glazed screen delivering the optimum balance of aesthetics, strength and fire safety. The market-leading system ensures that maximum natural daylight can be provided into the office space on each level, whilst providing assured fire protection with integrity and insulation (EI) for 30 minutes and the ability to withstand an impact load of up to a 1.5kN.
Meeting the developers’ goal of raising the bar on architecture in Dublin to a standard seen in other global financial centres, the design and specification utilises the highest quality materials and components. As part of this process, SYSTEMGLAS Ferro was selected thanks to its 360 degree ‘wheel of assurance’, which ensures all the fire resistant glazing screens are checked for compliance at every stage from design and specification, through manufacture and during installation.
Tim Evans, Managing Director at Allied said: “We are really pleased to have been part of this tremendous development, which is transforming a major site within Dublin’s Docklands and represents such an important step in supporting Ireland’s next generation of creative, technological and financial businesses.
“That’s why the specification had to be right, with no margin for error, and that applied to the fire resistant screens around the atrium as much as anything else. We very much share Promat’s ‘Specified for a Reason’ ethos, and with their support, we have been able to deliver an outstanding result which reflects the significance of Dublin Landings and provides assured fire protection for people and assets should the worst ever happen.”
The steel framed SYSTEMGLAS Ferro is one of four fire resistant glazing solutions available in the range, which can be specified to provide protection from 30 to 120 minutes (EI – integrity and insulation). The range includes a timber system, SYSTEMGLAS Ligna, as well as SYSTEMGLAS Celare and Advenerat which utilise PROMATECT® H for the outer framing to enable painting or over-cladding to match surrounding décor, or concealment to provide a virtually frameless result.
All technical data and specification guidance on the Promat SYSTEMGLAS range is available in the Promat Specifiers Guide, plus specific literature for each of the four systems. These are available to download at www.promat-glass.co.uk.