British Museum WCEC
At approximately 18,000 sqm, the World Conservation and Exhibition Centre (WCEC) is a purpose-built part of the British Museum that will transform how it displays, studies and cares for its collections.
Mace, a global consultancy and construction firm, asked Planet Partitioning to provide a highly complex and detailed specification for the internal glass partitioning work. Following its appointment, Planet Partitioning worked with Roger Strik Harbour and Partners for two months, creating and fine-tuning drawings for a range of partitioning and structural glass elements, including sub-basement laboratories, balustrading, atrium glazing and offices.
For the basement laboratories, Planet Partitioning used p100 demountable double-glazed full-height partitions with two layers of 15mm toughened glass to reach heights in excess of three metres. The partitioning framework was set within the steel grid structure, ensuring an industrial look and incorporating slimline single-glazed and SonoTec double glazed doors with integrated venetian blinds. Planet Partitioning also provided a full blackout option for lab work on sensitive ancient human remains.
Planet AG was responsible for the full-height atrium glazing, using 19.5mm toughened laminated glass. The atrium glazing required carefully spaced holes for securing attenuators that control airflow within the building.
All the glass balustrades were also designed and installed by Planet.
In the basement, all the partitioning base fixtures were concealed into the concrete floor. Working with Roger Strik Harbour and Partners, Planet Partitioning mapped out an effective plan to ensure smooth installation.
Planet Partitioning was recognised for its outstanding work and high quality service on this project, winning a Silver Award at the FIS Contracting Awards 2015.
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