Double award shortlisting for GLASSOLUTIONS
GLASSOLUTIONS is a finalist in two categories of the G19 Awards.
The glass company has been recognised in the Commercial Project of the Year category for its work on two world-leading advanced engineering centres at the University of Sheffield: The Royce Translational Centre (RTC) and the Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV), while the
GLASSOLUTIONS' branch in Aberdeen is shortlisted in the Trade Counter of the Year category.
GLASSOLUTIONS Director Lisa Dunn said: “We are constantly striving to provide our customers with the best quality products, the highest levels of service, and excellent technical support. Being shortlisted in the G19 Awards is a recognition of what the business has achieved, and it’s a fabulous achievement.”
Trade Counter of the Year
GLASSOLUTIONS has invested £80,000 in new premises, an interactive showroom, online ordering and staff training at its Aberdeen branch. It has become a prototype for all other GLASSOLUTIONS trade counters across the UK. The interactive product showroom stocks more than 170 types of glass that can be cut, shaped, painted or toughened to suit customers’ needs. From treated shower screens and ultra-pure mirrors, to back-painted glass and toughened work surfaces, the team there can do it all, including cutting and edging orders to perfection.
Footfall has risen by 100% in the 15 months since the trade counter opened in May 2018. This in turn has translated into a 30% increase in sales as well as a double digit increase in material margins.
At a time when many glass suppliers are downsizing their physical presence in favour of operating solely online, GLASSOLUTIONS recognise that many of its customers value being able to pop into one of its local branches, access face-to-face technical advice and build a relationship with their local team – this all adds up to GLASSOLUTIONS Aberdeen delivering an even better service locally.
Commercial Project of the Year
The challenge at the University of Sheffield was the creation of a “zig zag” faceted façade that is 7.6m tall and required innovative overlength IGUs structurally bonded to glass fins to achieve the architect’s vision cost effectively and with minimal sight lines. This project is an extreme example of GLASSOLUTIONS’ design and production capabilities enabling them to push the boundaries of frameless glazed facades. An enormous amount of preparatory design and engineering works went into making this a reality and GLASSOLUTIONS worked closely with its supply chain and the façade contractor to achieve a workable design.
The revolutionary, ‘zig zag’ facades have created a stunning state-of-the-art building whose impressive glazed exterior matches the technological innovation inside. Constructed largely from glass, the design aims to showcase the advanced manufacturing technologies inside. The glazing provides neutral aesthetics with clear sightlines as well as high performance solar control benefits.
The winners of the G19 awards will be announced on 29th November 2019 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.