Dowsil glazing sealants are helping to resist the worst of the North Sea coast weather with their role in the creation of the façade at the V&A Dundee.

Opened in 2018, the structure of the design museum was created by Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma and Associates to mimic the appearance of a Scottish sea cliff. 

Pro-Sealant Solutions Ltd, of Bellshill North Lanarkshire, was the sub-contractor responsible for sealing the building’s bespoke glazing system for main contractor Wates Construction.

Pro-Sealant helped create a sample panel of the glazed, reconstructed stone façade for the project team to assess before construction began. The sample was constructed using Dowsil 791 Weatherproofing Silicone Sealant in black for the glass to glass joints, as well as Dowsil 895 Structural Glazing Sealant for a glass corner of the structure.

The Sherwin Williams Company, manufacturer and distributor of Dowsil products in the UK, provided the technical and test data necessary to confirm the suggested Dowsil products’ compatibility with the façade materials.

Pro-Sealant Solutions’ installation teams were on site for more than two months over a period from the summer of 2016 to the end of the following year. It was necessary that the sealant specialists made repeat visits as different sections of the elevations were installed and came ready for glass-to-glass, and glass-to-stone sealing.