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Wrightstyle supplies to major regeneration project in Edinburgh

Wrightstyle is supplying advanced glazing systems to a major regeneration project in the heart of old Edinburgh

The company is supplying EI60 curtain wall screens and doors to its client Abbey Glass UK for the 7.5 acre New Waverley project in the city’s Old Town.

Already partially complete, New Waverley will consist of shops, restaurants, several hotels, 148 apartment and penthouses, and almost 200,000 square feet of Grade A office space. The seven-level development, which comprises two interlinked office buildings will soon also be home to 2,900 government workers.

Wrightstyle is supplying SR60 curtain walling and WSL 60-F1 insulated profiles for this creative, cultural and innovation new city district. The company worked closely with Allan Murray Architects to agree connection details, test certification & options for hardware,” said Chris Peters, Wrightstyle’s Chief Design Manager.

“The tricky part of the project was balancing sizes the architect required while staying within test data.

“This involved considerable input & review of structural opening sizes to ensure that the doors and screens all met test certification,” he said.

This isn’t the first time that Wrightstyle has been involved in a major regeneration project in Edinburgh. The company was also greatly involved in the development of Ocean Terminal, a waterside shopping centre designed by Sir Terence Conran.

Built on former industrial docklands on the north side of the city, it played a major role in the regeneration of Leith, and is also now home to the now-decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia. Ocean Terminal has some 85 shops, six restaurants, three coffee shops, a variety of bars and cafés, as well as a cinema and spa.

Wrightstyle systems comprise the entire frontage of Ocean Terminal, which is believed to be one of the UK’s largest free-span curtain walling systems. It underlines Wrightstyle’s commitment to supply both standard and bespoke glazing solutions to the construction industry.

The overall glazed span at Ocean Terminal is over 16 metres in height, with the largest individual free span over ten metres with grid centres of four metres. Each piece of glass accommodated within the system weighs a massive 450 kilograms. In total, the company’s systems cover 1130 square metres of façade.

In addition to the large spans and huge weight of glass, the system also had to accommodate support to the canopy columns on the outside, have handrails on the inside and tolerate a high wind loading of 1950 Pa.

“Working with architects and specifiers, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of what our advanced glazing systems can achieve,” said Chris Peters.

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