The Systemglas Ligna fire resistant glazing system from Promat UK provided suitable fire rating for the internal doors and arched glazing feature in one of the entrances to the newly refurbished Victorian Market in Inverness.
The £1.7m refurbishment project by Highland Council involved an internal strip out of the market hall, which first opened its doors in 1870, to create new shop units and upgraded customer facilities, plus a contemporary new European-style food hall.
This new entrance/exit required two double timber doorsets, featuring side lights to the left and right with a narrow fixed light between them, along with a butt-jointed arched glass screen above. The specification demanded a fire rating of EI60 (integrity and insulation) with a design that was sympathetic to the historic building.
The sidelights and overhead arched glass screen are all created using timber frames in line with the specification of Systemglas Ligna, complete with fire resistant glass supplied by Promat, along with the required seals and other components. The performance capabilities of this system are such that it allows for butt-jointing of individual glass panes to maximise light transmission without compromising fire performance.
Installation of the doors and glazing was completed by Promat Systemglas approved installer Rated Solutions.
Cath McLean, sales manager glass at Promat UK said: “The architects and Highland Council have done an amazing job in transforming the Victorian Market and we are delighted to have been involved by providing an important feature that had to balance fire protection with aesthetics. We originally started work on this project more than two years ago, working with the architect to develop a design using a timber frame for the new EI60 rated arched entrance, and the end result is fantastic thanks to the quality of installation by Rated Solutions.”