SPPARC Architect


Wates Construction

Scope & Products:

Arte 2.0 Steel Thermally Broken Steel Windows
Janisol Thermally Broken Steel Doors
Janisol Bifolding Doors
Janisol RC3 Door System
Janisol 2 60/60 Fire Rated Doors & Screens


• Highly built up area
• Meet the art deco theme whilst meeting modern day fire rated regulations
• Need to be fire rated to the highest standard whilst still letting light in
• Some 8metre wide bifold structure


Inspired by Victorian terraces bounding its Stoney Street site, Borough Yards links the historic retained façade to a long new elevation that incorporates a series of folds that respond to the rhythm of the townscape, reaffirming Borough Yard as a profound part of Borough Market.

The heritage windows very much acted as a blueprint for the new window design as planning dictated that the elegant and slender sightlines should be maintained. Thermal performance was key in bringing the building up to modern standards, and a combination of high security entrance doors, large span glazing to the upper floors and 10 pane bifold doors; should also seamlessly take the style of the original windows installation. This made for a very challenging design process.

The sleek sightlines of the Schueco Jansen Steel systems were deemed an ideal fit as they could sensitively blend into the heritage Victorian brickwork and gothic arches. The new window system provides excellent thermal performance with minimal sightlines and are structurally strong enough to deal with the large span floor to ceiling glazing, a key feature of the office spaces.

Many of the original features were restored during the renovation but unfortunately some were beyond repair. New replica I-beams that framed the windows between the floors were manufactured as part of the window system. This was challenging as the new i-beams would not be structural and moved the fixing points further away from the windows and in turn made the engineering and installation complicated.
Systems used:

The works were located in very tight area with high footfall through the market. This made for a logistically challenging delivery and installation process. Logistical coordination by our Project team was key as we worked closely with the main contractor to strategically move large span glazing in and around tight working conditions.

High security doors were required to meet the DOCO requirements. First in class, thermally broken 10-part Janisol bifolding doors, 8m long, were tested at BRE by Propak to achieve PAS24:2016 Annex A&B. All Entrance Doors were also tested and were manufactured from Janisol thermally broken steel door to match the bifold doors.

Borough Yards is a fine example of how adaptable Schueco Jansen steel systems are; structurally robust for high usage and high security areas, ideal for the environment due to their excellent thermal abilities, strong enough to house large span glass, and perfect for heritage buildings due to their slim sightlines.

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