199 Bishopsgate, London

Backpainted glass helps create the perfect washroom environment in prime City of London offices.

Washrooms inside a refurbished 11 storey office tower in the middle of the City of London were given a stylish and hygienic makeover with the installation of backpainted glass walls and vanity units from Glassolutions.

A £55,000 contract was secured to supply and fit white backpainted glass in washrooms on 10 floors of the 199 Bishopsgate building Broadgate in the heart of London’s financial district.


Overview

199 Bishopsgate is a 146,000 sq ft (13,600 sq m) Grade A office building with typical floors of 14,460 sq ft. Designed by John Robertson Architects, British Land and Blackstone launched the building in September 2012 after a major refurbishment of the original, SOM design.

A statement entrance leads to a light-filled and spacious double height reception featuring a combination of natural materials and sleek stainless steel finishes. Flexible, largely uninterrupted floors enjoy great views and natural light, with Level 11 benefitting from exceptional double height space and a south facing terrace.

The building, which stands between The Broadgate Tower and Exchange House, was built in 1991. Owners British Land and the Blackstone Group are giving the building a new lease of life by increasing its operational lifespan and improving its sustainability.


Outcomes

Backpainted glass for interiors offers striking solutions for walls, surfaces and borders. It enables ultimate design flexibility in terms of application, colour, design, size and shape achieving a truly bespoke room.

Kevin Finch project supervisor at Glassolutions said: “The building lies at the heart of the City of London’s tower cluster, close to the Gherkin and the Shard, so access was restricted.  The refurbishment was planned in stages, which meant careful coordination of surveying, ordering, deliveries and installations but good communication and good project management ensured a smooth and efficient service.“


Products

Painted Glass - Vitrio

Range of 46 colour options within the painted glass range. Ideal for applications near to heat sources as well as high humidity areas.

"Backpainted glass is the perfect product for the washrooms as it is easy to maintain, looks modern and stylish and is hygienic. Glassolutions provided the highest levels of service from start to finish – from providing product samples and specification know-how to the efficient coordination of site deliveries, which was spread over three months. The on-site team has been fantastic – really setting the benchmark for subcontractors."

Matt Bidson at fit-out company Harrison Jorge

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