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Giving a Lift North of the Border

24 April 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970
Glassolutions played a key role in a £9.5m project to upgrade the famous Waverley Steps between Edinburgh station and the Scottish capital’s city centre.

Prior to the access improvement programme, The Steps were fully exposed to the elements and aesthetically ‘unremarkable’. Architect, Jefferson Sheard, was commissioned by Network Rail to design the new structure, taking into account the Grade A listed status of the station and the fact that the steps stand at the heart of a world heritage site.

As well as providing lifts and escalators, extensive glazing in a self-supporting fully-glazed structure utilising advanced glass technology was used from GLASSOLUTIONS.  The result is a ‘light-touch’ structure which does not interrupt the surroundings.

SGG Stadip Securit clear heat soaked toughened laminate safety glass was used in both the canopy and the portal screens to create a robust, safe and attractive glazed feature. The 21.5mm glass used in the canopy comprised triangular glass panels, bolted to steelwork via cast stainless steel SGG SPIDERGLASS fixings for which specially designed brackets were designed. The stainless steel lattice frame is supported by large stainless steel tree structures, designed by Jefferson Sheard and engineered by Arup.

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 24 April 2014


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