Number One, Kirkstall Forge
On what is the oldest continually industrialised site in the UK and close to Leeds city centre, the Kirkstall Forge mixed-use development will comprise 1050 new homes, 300,000sq ft of high quality offices and 100,000 sq ft of leisure, shops and restaurants. The first phase includes Number One, Kirkstall Forge, an award-winning, seven storey Grade A office building.
Working with Design & Build fit-out specialist Ultimate (Commercial Interiors) Ltd, Planet provided a range of glazed partitions and doors which helped create a stunning interior and set a high standard of contemporary workplace design.
For the office entrance suites, Planet installed the LOFT54 industrial framed double-glazed partitioning system in banded, crittall style whilst offering an impressive 45 dB(Rw) acoustic rating. To provide a unified appearance, these were complemented by integral LOFT IsoPro 42 double-glazed doors with a 42 dB (Rw) rating for single doors and a 36 dB(Rw) for double doors. As part of the security requirements, these doors feature concealed electric locks.
Within office suites, the design of a number of meeting rooms saw Planet providing the p54 frameless double-glazed partitioning system which was installed in conjunction with the IsoPro 36 single-glazed doors. The scheme also featured Planet’s industrial style LOFT FireTec fire-rated door product in the corridor area. Incorporating electric hold-open floor springs, the doors are linked to the fire alarm system which keeps fire protection doors open in the event of a fire. Offering superlative fire performance of up to 60/60 (Ei60) fire rating, FireTec doors require minimal framing, whilst allowing for maximum transparency and stunning aesthetics.
To complete the package, reeded manifestation has been applied to a number of glazing sections whilst PPC black steel-faced plasterboards have been installed within the LOFT54 framework to provide specialist signage and to mount access control panels. To allow for movement, +/-25mm deflection heads were required above all screens and doors. Planet has played its part in the creation of a stunning and inspirational office workspace which ensured acoustic, aesthetic and fire performance requirements were met on this landmark office development.
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