Network Rail Approves Lonsdale Patent Glazing At More Than 40
on: July 27, 2009, 3:19 am
Author: Richard Burgess
Metal Company Limited has secured a deal with Network Rail to
provide roof glazing at more than 40 UK railway stations.
North London based company has previously installed glass roofs
for many Network Rail properties. Major work undertaken so far
includes a 16,500 sq/m roof at Liverpool Lime Street, a 28,500
sq/m roof at Waterloo and an intricate canopy at St Pancras as
well as glass roofs at a number of other stations including Carlisle,
York and Derby.
Lonsdale will be
manufacturing the roof
glazing, the company's strategically located dealers throughout
the UK will be installing the roofs.
sales director Richard Burgess commented on the deal, saying:
"It's really a question of the right product for the job
at the right price. You only have to look up at most rail stations
to see evidence of patent glazing from years gone by in various
states of repair all over the country. The modern systems Lonsdale
supply can be installed 60-70% cheaper than sloped curtain walling
and at half the price of cassette style, linking panel type systems."
can have a life span of up to 40 years, with very little maintenance
required during that time, as well as an excellent safety record.
Burgess added: "When you are suspending glass over the heads
of thousands of members of the public who flow through these stations,
you have to be sure everything stays put. At Waterloo, for example,
there is over 264 tonnes of glass sitting up there. It is not
the time to be specifying questionably inferior products and our
systems are tried and tested."
considerations for safety in roofing include regulations regarding
glass that stays in place even when broken and ensuring the
system can cope not only with the usual design wind and snow loads,
but also exceptional forces such as the vortex caused by express
trains travelling through stations at speeds in excess of 100mph.
said: "I think our expertise in providing good, reliable
technical information and the ability to perform structural and
impact testing to comply with the latest regulations, gives engineers
and designers the confidence they need and know they are dealing
with the right people".
Network Rail has committed to
spending £2bn in a refurbishment programme across the UK.
Established in 1946, Lonsdale Metal is the UK's market leader
for aluminium patent glazing and rooflight systems.
has been responsible for recent installations at 10 Downing Street,
Buckingham Palace and Legoland.
For more information, please contact:
Millmead Industrial Centre
Mill Mead Road
(+44) 020 8801 4221