UCLan Engineering Innovation Centre


Our team at Altitude Glass were very proud to be chosen to install stunning glass partition walls in UCLan’s recently opened Engineering Innovation Centre, a state-of-the-art facility developed to drive engineering innovation in the North West. This work involved a major installation of an 11m long by 3m tall glass wall, with two pivoting doors in the centre, designed to create a clear separation between the technician’s office from the workshops.

What we did

The installation of the 11m long wall on the ground floor was technically challenging, as we had a complicated ceiling to work with and were unable to attach glass directly to it, due to cabling, lighting and the air-conditioning pipework, which had all been left exposed due to the nature of the industrial design.

To resolve this, we devised a system which would be structurally strong enough to span the distance of 11 metres and to also include the two pivoting doors in the centre. The track of the glass was purposefully anodised in a graphite to match the interior. We also specified using a wider base channel for the glass walls, with double layers of 12mm safety glass, this was supported structurally by tying the U channel of the glass via metal hangers into the ceiling.

We worked closely with contractor R Walker & Sons during several stages of the build. “It was fantastic working with Altitude Glass on the project,” said David Marsden, the company’s contracts manager. “They provided truly unrivalled expertise, and developed excellent solutions to the challenges that arose from installing large internal walls of glass in areas with exposed ceiling work.”

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