STEEL SCREENS FOR ARTISTIC HUB
Great Western Studios is a creative hub for people working in the arts and architecture. Located canalside in Westminster, it now benefits from a three storey fully glazed atrium with steel framed screens manufactured and installed by a Steel Window Association member.
Storey height steel framed screens, finished in a steel metallic shade, are also to be seen on the ground, first and second floors to 65 Alfred Road – a new building on the site of an old paint factory- now Great Western Studios.
Great Western Studios is a purpose built studio complex specifically for creative businesses, where maximising light and creating a strong visual industrial identity were the main design drivers.
Measuring up to eight metres in length and 2.4 metres tall, the Great Western Studios screens were fabricated by West Leigh Ltd., in metre wide sections and joined on site using matching steel mullions. West Leigh also had to incorporate a movement joint at the head in order to accommodate potential thermal adjustments.
The majority of the screens are glazed with 16 mm IG units – specified mainly for improved acoustic performance - though the fire rated screens feature the use of 7.2 mm Pyroguard clear.
The architect was Brydon Wood Associates and main contractor was Readie Construction Limited.
The atrium is 50 metres long and features steel screens on all sides. The design was influenced by the BauHaus movement, making the airy lightness and transparency of the screens a must for steel sections.