40TH ANNIVERSARY | CR LAURENCE | ADVERTORIAL GLASS THROUGH THE AGES “If you were to look at the history and advancement of CR Laurence’s range of architectural glass fittings, this simply can’t be done in isolation,” begins Managing Director of CR Laurence UK, Simon Boocock. “Our product ranges have grown and evolved around advancements in glass technology, which has been significant in the last 40 years.” Take for example balustrades. Boocock explains that some 40 years ago the thought of a glass balustrade would have been both unthinkable and unsafe. “In those days, it would have been wrought iron with a wooden handrail or steel posts and railings that would have been predominantly used. While these certainly did the job, they definitely didn’t add much to the aesthetics of modern architecture.” Fast forward some years and the use of toughened or tempered glass grew significantly in popularity. This type of glass was considered to be a safety glass and was processed by controlled 38 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2017 thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Laminated glass was the next big leap in glass technology – a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. In the event of breaking, it is held in place by an interlayer, between its two or more layers of glass. Not surprisingly then toughened glass, and latterly laminated glass, came to the attention of architects who wanted to use the product in their projects and CRL rose to the challenge. “These technological developments in glass which allowed architects to create barriers, but With the growing demand for stylish, modern finishes, CRL has launched a new product range available in a matt black finish. barriers that could be seen through opened up huge design possibilities. In tandem with this the demand for architectural hardware products to allow designers to use this material grew too,” says Boocock. “This is really where CR Laurence’s specialism lies and as a company we spent a huge amount of time innovating in this area to create products that met this demand. “Initially we created balustrades systems that had posts to support the glass, but the desire and push for a completely frameless look has led to the creation of products that can fix the glass safely, but which are virtually invisible.
Building Products October 2017
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