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International Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Fire safety assured at Scotland’s landmark conference centre with CONTRAFLAM

A stunning glass atrium in the recently opened £85 million extension to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) was created using CONTRAFLAM fully insulating clear, fire-resistant safety glass manufactured by Glassolutions.

Installed by façade designer and contractor Charles Henshaw & Sons, the fire rated glass atrium provides protection from the first floor through to the roof level, and helps to create a light and spacious area.


Overview

EICC invested in an extension scheme to expand its capacity, equipped with the latest technology to transforms the venue into almost any configuration possible.

The new facilities, which opened in May 2013, are now fully integrated into the venue. The glass atrium provides the welcome point and allows access to the new 1,600m2 Lennox Suite. This unique multi-purpose suite features moving floor technology so that it can be easily reconfigured into many different set-ups. Options include flat floored exhibition, banqueting for 1,400, a tiered auditorium for 2,000 and arena mode for 1,400.

The extension to one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings was designed by BDP Architects and completed by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, with project management by Mace Group.


Outcomes

Manufactured by Glassolutions, in conjunction with sister-company Vetrotech, at their dedicated Coventry production facility, two formats of CONTRAFLAM were supplied for the EICC project to suit the different requirements within the new atrium.  Henshaw installed 1,500m2 of EI30 CONTRAFLAM (30 minute integrity and insulation) in screens within the main atrium and 250m2 of EI60 CONTRAFLAM (60 minutes integrity and insulation) in screens on the ground floor areas.

In addition to the CONTRAFLAM glazing, Glassolutions also supplied designed, manufactured and installed five rooflights, one of which is used in the roof of the atrium, utilising COOL-LITE solar control glass.


Products

EI Fire Resistant Glass - Contraflam

CONTRAFLAM EI, clear, fire-resistant safety glass, offering 30-120 minutes of protection

"The EICC was already a landmark Edinburgh building, but the impressive new extension makes it very special and it’s a project we’re proud to have been involved with. CONTRAFLAM has enabled us to meet the brief extremely well thanks to the unique unit construction that utilises toughened glass which assisted in meeting the guarding loads and acoustic reduction value."

Graham Chung, sales director at Henshaw

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