Snow Hill station, the second largest train station in Birmingham, has undergone a refurbishment with the help of Pilkington Planar™ the leading frameless structural glazing system. Snow Hill is used by a large majority of the city’s commuters, making it a principal part of the city’s transport infrastructure.
Two waiting rooms and two lift shafts, which provide access to the platforms, have been revamped with approximately 300-400m² of the Pilkington Planar™ system to provide a lighter, more pleasant visual experience inside the station. The versatility of Pilkington Planar™ also ensured the architects could construct a safe and inviting environment for its passengers whilst causing minimal disruption.
The Pilkington Planar™ system has a proven track record in the most demanding applications, enabling architects to create complete glass envelopes for buildings, with planes of uninterrupted structural glass in virtually any orientation. Original plans to use large, single panes of glass 2m x 3.6m were changed for two reasons: firstly any damage to such a large pane of glass post construction would have been extremely difficult in terms of replacement through passenger areas, due to the size of the panel, and secondly the requirement that any subsequent glass panel replacement would need to negotiate station entrances. The optimum glass panel sizes were identified as being a maximum 2m x 2.3m on this particular project which is well within the typical maximum panels size of 2.4m x 4.8m for the Pilkington Planar™ system.
Pilkington Planar™ was specified due to the aesthetic quality of the product and strength combined with the impressive durability which underpins a 12 year product and performance warranty. The design versatility of the system and the range of glass fittings and support structures which can be installed, facilitates a wide range of architectural design solutions on challenging construction projects.