Atum Design Lab



Meet design expectation of floorplans to be well lit with natural light while mitigating fire risk


Propak worked with the developer Meritcape and London-based architects Atum Design, on this office refurbishment at 1-7 Aylesbury Street – a converted historic warehouse building in the fashionable Clerkenwell, East London.

Propak manufactured and installed the steel frame ‘Crittal windows’ which are a signature feature of buildings in the area. The scheme also features blue-glazed faience tiles, shuttered concrete soffits, curtain wall glazing and clay engineering bricks.

The designers wanted to fill every floor of the building with natural light with floor-to-ceiling glazing. One of the issues they faced was the glass used in the windows had to be carefully thought out as the rear of the property was just three metres away from a neighbouring building.

While Daylight-flooded spaces in the areas like this one, where buildings are very tightly packed, are incredibly desirable for tenants, they can be difficult to achieve especially because of the need to protect against the spread of fire.

To prevent fire from spreading, building regulations specify the fire resistance that external walls need to be able to provide. Standard glazing is not an option, as it doesn’t put up enough of a barrier to fire spreading outwards from the building so Propak worked with UK glazing manufacturers Pilkington to fit the windows with fire-resistant glass and therefore protecting the residents.

This 1920’s styled, six storey office building reflects the industrial heritage in the surrounding area and was a fantastic project for the Propak team to work on.

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