The Park Gate development at Lyndon Place is a modern development of contemporary apartments located in the heart of Birmingham. Set over five floors, the project is a conversion from commercial to residential use, developed by BPG Alliance Ltd and designed by Shedkm and Broadway Malyan, with construction by Matthew Burrow Ltd.
On this project 38mm Standard Mesh Dura Grating was used for rooftop screening and balcony balustrading as a lightweight alternative to glass which met the required wind loading requirements whilst maintaining light transmittancy.
A former office block, the building is visible from a number of vantage points and has long been considered a local landmark. Due to its proximity to attractive local parkland, a shared roof terrace with seating and planters was constructed as part of the build, featuring mesh screening in a bespoke colour made from Dura Composites GRP Dura Grating which provides privacy for residents, whilst retaining the stunning views over the surrounding area. The rest of the rooftop houses telecommunications equipment and masts. Again the use of GRP Dura Grating screening panels helps to soften the appearance of the building whilst allowing visual glimpses of the roof terrace planting from a distance.
On the first level of the Northern Elevation, GRP Dura Grating has also been used to form a continuous balcony balustrade to provide visual interest to the building.
Whilst in the original plans, the screening was made from glass, the glass dead load proved to be too high and was generating a substantial shear force and bending moment on the existing concrete edge beam. These loads were greater than the design capacity of the edge beam, so a substantial weight reduction was necessary. The use of lightweight but high strength GRP Dura Grating was far more suited to the existing structure and offered a greater degree of privacy whilst maintaining adequate levels of lighting.
For this project, Dura Composites manufactured a bespoke colour run of smooth (ungritted) black 38mm Standard Mesh Dura Grating in panels of 2480mm x 1220mm. Now available with a Class B fire rating as part of our d² product range, the open mesh construction permits continuous airflow and can be used as a safe and durable alternative to metal, thanks to its excellent non-conductive properties. The panels are easily cut and fabricated to suit conditions on site without the need for hot works permits, or Dura Composites can also deliver to site already cut for even more rapid installation.
Commenting on the successful project, Matthew Burrow Construction Consultant at BPG said:
Dealing with Danielle and the Dura Composites team was a real pleasure from the start. The product samples we requested were with us the very next day and they assisted us at all stages of the project with designs and pricing.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and look forward to working with their excellent GRP product range again on future projects.
Why Choose Dura Composites for your Fabrication?
Our fabrications are constructed from the latest GRP composite product design, technology and manufacturing techniques known as the d2 product range. Heavy duty, non-conductive, non-corrosive and chemically resistant access structures fabricated in the UK to provide a safe, cost-effective and durable alternative to steel.
We have supplied fabrications to a wide range of demanding environments including the UK defence sector, water industry, power generation industry, rail, electrical, manufacturing, and materials handling sectors.
For your industrial and commercial projects, don’t hesitate to contact our GRP experts, who possess the knowledge and experience to deliver exceptional solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Get in touch on 01255 440290
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