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Building Products March 2018

DOORS, WINDOWS, GLAZING AND ACCESSORIES doors are available in the same styling to continue the banded design. There are also fire screens available to this design, should the project require them. The Merchants’ Warehouse in Manchester (pictured above) was an early adopter to this new style of glazing. Here the designers specified glazed partitioning with black metal trim to sympathetically integrate with the Grade II listed brickwork, case iron columns, timber beams and floors. It gives a contemporary feel to the building with a bold, banded system and flush glazed appearance. The partitioning was used to make efficient office spaces, meeting rooms and seating areas within the warehouse building that was originally built in 1825. There’s no question that the banded style glazing perfectly suits the theme within an industrial environment framework, but it can equally work, to stunning effect in a modern building. Safety feature The banded styling within the partitioning of the modern offices of IGD (pictured above, right), is used as an additional safety feature, so that one can see that the glass partition actually exists, yet the space remains open. It is a more modern working space but works just as well and can be mixed with different glazing styles too. What’s also different from the original pre-war design, is the flexibility of materials and styling. There’s now a choice of how wide the vertical and horizontal banding is and the shape of the banding, the colour and whether it reflects a square or rectangular glass panel. Some designers are using the banding to create adhoc patterns to stunning effect. There is also a choice, with a few suppliers, as to whether the transums are physical breaks in the glass partition, as used in the Merchants’ Warehouse (picture shown above), so many pieces 24 BUILDING PRODUCTS | MARCH 2018 of glass make up the partition or an alternative option of applied transom trims (as in the IGD case study, above right and the workspace of a commercial interior designer, in Holyrood Street, London, pictured below, right) where the banded breaks are a plant-on decorative finish. Suppliers to this market also offer a number of door options that compliment the banded glazing; these include oak doors, frameless glass doors, framed glass doors and double glazed flush doors. The latter three can come with or without the Crittall effect detailing, dependent on the tastes and requirements of the designer or end user. A recent example of the use of banded glazing within a partitioning system can also be seen in the London commercial interior design business, pictured below, where 20 linear metres of single <<< Continued from page 23 Partitioning at IGD incorporates banding as an additional safety feature glazed banded partitioning with drywall integration and flush glazed doors were fitted. Here, while the aesthetics of the banded glass were important, so was the level of acoustics and an acceptable level was achieved with 12.8mm acoustic laminate glass that provided 38db for this single glazed broken plan area. Having considered the demand for banded styling in the work place, there are also some brilliant examples of its use in leisure spaces. On a refurbishment project in Westminster, banded glazing was used to section a floor with a coffee bar and break out spaces, providing sleek, well-lit interiors where users can relax or work. So get creative with your next partitioning project and jump on the back of this latest banding trend. www.oculasystems.co.uk Merchants’ Warehouse, Manchester, was an ‘early adopter’ of the banded trend Banded glazing used at a commercial interior design business in Holyrood Street, London


Building Products March 2018
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