The circular building, where legends like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd began, was redeveloped and reopened in 2006. FOAMGLAS® insulation was used for the floor, the façade and the flat roof, ensuring water and vapour resistance despite the open nature of the façade. It is also non-combustible and waterproof.
The circular building where bands such as The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd made their names was undergoing a major redevelopment and reopened in 2006.
Working from the outset of the project with Structural Engineers Anthony Hunt Associates, Pittsburgh Corning’s technical staff provided a specification for the building to incorporate FOAMGLAS® into the whole building envelope. As a result, Architects John McAslan and Partners specified FOAMGLAS® for the floor, the façade and the flat roof.
The W+F® Façade system has been used to create the external façade of the building. 120 mm thick W+F® Slab is adhered to the external concrete wall, with an open jointed façade in aluminium fixed to it. Originally, the FOAMGLAS®, which is visible through the open joints of the façade was to be painted. However, the effect of FOAMGLAS® in its natural state was dramatic enough to satisfy the architect’s design and it remained unpainted.
The FOAMGLAS® insulation will ensure that water and vapour proof integrity is maintained despite the open nature of the façade. Façade systems require special consideration in respect of fire safety; FOAMGLAS® W+F Slab is non-combustible, EuroClass A1 and in a situation of fire provides safety and zero contribution. It does not need to be membrane protected because it is waterproof.