British Museum WCEC

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Products: p100
Service: Architectural Glass
Client: British Museum WCEC
Sector: Public
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Contractor: Mace
Location: London

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.

Our solution

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.

Project insights

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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Project highlights

"I would like to thank you & the team for a very satisfactory delivery of a very neat, yet robust system. There has been a very close & focused relationship with your Project Manager Liam & Site Manager Kevin throughout design, manufacture & final installation. This attention to detail reflects in the final product, which looks fantastic & is a very good advert for your company. Please pass on my personal thanks to all involved, especially Liam & Kevin, in the successful delivery here at the British Museum".

David Mitchell MACE Group