Ampersand at 178 Wardour Street is a mixed-use building, comprising ground-floor retail space and commercial offices, with penthouse apartments above.
Darling Associates and McLaren Group approached Planet Partitioning to undertake the internal atrium glazing and fire-rated glass doors for their Category-A fit-out, and to help transform a London landmark. This was achieved by manufacturing and installing all the glass partitioning for an internal atrium, balustrades and fire-rated and non–fire rated lift lobby doors.
The four-storey central atrium features a unique ‘living’ staircase commissioned specially for the building and designed by Paul Cocksedge Studio. For the atrium, Planet Partitioning used full-height frameless 15.5mm low-iron toughened laminated glass. This highly curved atrium needed glass rising from the floor plate to create a fluid feel and complement the central spiral staircase. Planet Architectural Glass designed and installed the steel framework to support all the atrium glazing. Planet Partitioning also created several spandrel panels with stainless steel trim and curved balustrades to complement the atrium. For the balustrades, Planet Partitioning used 25.5mm low-iron toughened laminated glass. The modern and clean look of the glass fit beautifully with the oak framework and live vegetation adorning the staircase.
All the atrium glass was manufactured in the UK and the glazing installation required a mini crane. The curved atrium pods not only enhanced the aesthetics but added to the useable floor space. Atrium glazing and glass spandrel panels sit on the same vertical plane, connected with stainless steel trims.
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