Demand for Romag’s high performance architectural toughened safety glass is on the rise after being specified for a contemporary new external staircase system in the heart of Manchester.
More than 150 sq. m of clear glass has been manufactured and supplied by Romag for the newly upgraded arched Deansgate-Castlefield passenger stop on the city centre Metrolink tramway system.
There, the glass will be provide a stylish architectural feature on the staircase as well protective public safety walling, enhancing the ‘living wall’ feature of the stop, which is located above railway arches, and enabling passengers to enjoy a green and tranquil environment as they ascend and descend the steps to the street below.
Panels of clear Romag safety glass have also been installed to provide a protective safety walling feature on the new First Street Bridge, which spans the Deansgate Locks to provide easy access for passengers’ going to and from the tram stop.
The installation was produced using 25.5mm toughened sheets and heat soaked with SGP interlayer and polished edges.
Designed by architects SimpsonHaugh and Partners, the project is part of Metrolink’s Second City Crossing project, and linked to a £1bn transport investment plan over the next two years.
Installation work was completed in a few days by Warrington-based structural steelwork and architectural metalwork designers and fabricators Shawton Engineering following delivery of the glass to site.
Paul Hiscock, contracts manager at Shawton said: “The high quality, high performance architectural glass will provide an impressive addition to the installation and will significantly contribute to enhancing the environment as well as public safety.
“Romag provided excellent advice and service when we were specifying glass for the project and delivered what was promised quickly and on time.”
Romag safety glass is stringently tested to ensure manufacturing processes meet and exceeds rail industry regulations and expectations including containment post impact, telephone attenuation, pressure pulse testing and small missile impact resistance.