February 2, 2016 - awg-admin - Uncategorised
In early December during strong winds, damage to the glazing at Preston Bus Station resulted in the closure of the western side of the building.
Owing to our knowledge and experience, we were commissioned to survey the existing glazing to ascertain the reasons for the failure, and to provide a solution as soon as possible to prevent any similar problems in the future. Working with structural engineers Graham Schofield Associates of Leyland, it was established that the fault was with the brackets which fix the bottom of the glazing bars to the steelwork after 50 years of corrosion on the building’s most exposed elevation.
A survey of the eastern elevation through the night revealed that it has not experienced the same degree of weathering and corrosion and could therefore safely remain open.
In response to the findings of the report; we designed a remedial bracket which would remove the reliance on the existing failing brackets by fixing to the steelwork on the inside of the building. In early January members of our experienced team installed structural brackets to each of the 300 glazing bars on the western elevation. We also re-glazed the section of the curtain walling which had been removed following storm damage.
As a Preston-based family business, it is always a pleasure to undertake landmark projects in the city. Our largest ever project; the new Eden Boys School, is currently in progress off London Road close to the Bus Station.
Having completed the Bus Station project ahead of schedule; we are very pleased with how the project has progressed and that such an important building is able to reopen after almost two months of partial closure.