SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna Provides Assured Fire Safety For Prestigious Bilingual School

A project to create a high quality meeting room and classroom within the new Upper School of the prestigious École Jeannine Manuel School in London has been completed using the complete fire resistant, timber frame glazing system Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna.

The school, which is a co-educational, French bilingual, international school for 3-18 year olds, was established in 2015. Its new Upper School occupies a Georgian building facing onto Russell Square so any development work within the school has to carefully balance the preservation of period architecture with the provision of high quality facilities.

The latest project has created a meeting room and split an existing room in order to create a corridor and new classroom. By utilising the SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna butt-jointed glazed partitioning system, in combination with timber doorsets, the right aesthetic and performance balance could be achieved, in combination with assured EI30 fire protection and 39db acoustic insulation to help reduce unwanted noise disturbance.

Main contractor ME Construction was tasked with sourcing a solution. It was important for the client that 30 minutes fire safety could be assured with no ambiguity, and that the design of the glazed partitions complemented the existing décor. This included the creation of a glazed screen with an integral door spanning 3.8m. As a specialist in projects for the education sector, ME Construction was ideally positioned to source the right solution.

In conjunction with Promat SYSTEMGLAS® approved installer PGS Glass, a partition and doorset was developed using the SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna fire resistant glazing system. Designed by Promat UK,  Ligna is one of a family of products which have been tested (CERTIFIRE CF5452) to provide integrity and insulation (EI) fire protection from 30 minutes up to 60 minutes (EI30 to EI60).

With Promat UK being in a unique position to offer fully transparent traceability on all the products used to create the partitions, as well as supporting PGS Glass throughout installation, it is able to provide a 360° ‘Wheel of Assurance’ to clients. This includes a certificate of conformity for installation, confirming that the glazing system has been installed correctly with no weaknesses in its ability to provide passive fire protection for the required timeframe.

Paul Groves, Contracts Manager at PGS Glass said: “We’re really pleased with the result that SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna has enabled us to achieve at the École Jeannine Manuel School. Working closely with ME Construction and Promat’s technical team from the outset, we have been able to create modern offices with maximum light transmission, whilst offering a fire protection assurance that provides total peace of mind for the client.”

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