Due to recent events in the fire protection industry, it is more important than ever to make sure your supplier of fire rated products is an expert in its field. With ever-changing standards, rules & regulations it is important you have an expert team behind you to help you navigate the world of fire-rated glazing.
Drawing on two decades of commercial expertise, and synonymous with quality and innovation throughout the sector, London-based OAG is fast-becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after structural and fire-rated glazing specialists.
Look at the firm’s ever-growing client list, and you’ll find a who’s who of the biggest brands in UK construction – market-leading main contractors including Mace, SRM, Costain and more, with projects as prestigious as London Bridge Station, O2 Headquarters and Tate Modern.
If you’re managing a major construction project and need high-end fire-rated glazing, it’s very likely OAG is on your shortlist.
Having supplied and installed fire-rated glazing for the past two decades, OAG wanted to develop a new fire solution, not only providing safety but aesthetically pleasing profiles, something they felt the industry was lacking. The aim was simple – to provide clients and architects with a product that gives both the end user and the supplier confidence, without compromising the architectural vision.
Seeing a gap in the market back in 2016, OAG began looking into the testing and criteria needed to badge a fire rated system of our own. Fortiglaze was born.
OAG’s first task was to understand the protective aspects they would need to adhere to – fitting 60 minutes of fire safety within a minimally framed system.
To achieve this, they liaised closely with the International Fire Consultancy, who advised on the best materials needed to achieve a safe system, and how those could be used most effectively within their framing.
OAG wanted Fortiglaze to be hugely versatile: offering 30, 60, 90 and 120-minute configurations. They provide both ‘Integrity and Insulation’ and ‘Integrity’ only options. What’s more, ‘Fortiglaze Slim’ versions offer minimal frames and maximal glazed areas, while standard models can be paired with heavier glass types and security options for additional protection.
OAG have already carried out a number of personalised project-based tests on the resulting system, ensuring that all client needs are met to the exact specifications.
All testing is carried out according to BS 9999 Part 1 and 2 standards. All products have also been tested to meet CE European standards, which will become compulsory for all fire-rated products from 2019 onwards. And a range of Premium quality Fortiglaze Smoke Doors are also available, offering smoke protection to BS 476: Part 31, Section 31.1.
OAG have a number of future tests in the pipeline, with their Slim systems pushing the boundaries of protection time, door sizes and finish options. Fortiglaze’s Slim versions are currently assessed up to 3m, a feat rarely seen in fire-rated glazing, let alone within a minimally framed system.
To further highlight their experience and knowledge in this field they have now successfully completed the FIRAS accreditation, which provides evidence of their competence to install fire-rated systems safely and in-line with all relevant building regulations.
OAG fabricate Fortiglaze in their own factory, giving them end-to-end quality control for the complete range of fire and smoke doors and screens. Their factory, located in Radstock, Somerset, has streamlined the assembly process by creating a seamless fab and hang system, capable of handling large-scale orders.
Fortiglaze is currently being used in several high-profile London-based projects, such as 22 Bishopsgate, S2 Kings Cross, and 135 Bishopsgate.
OAG also offer fully fledged maintenance contracts on all their fire & non-fire rated products, they are passionate about the protection & future development of the entire Fortiglaze range.
Additionally, OAG wants its clients to have the most comprehensive understanding of the range as possible. To tackle this, the company developed the ‘Interactive digital specification guide’.
This allows users to not only spec the product and be provided with extensive product info and capabilities, but also be shown a real-life example of their precise product at the end of the user journey.
OAG hopes this will allow all clients to make sure they have the right system and aesthetic features for their project, and install them with confidence in both working with OAG & choosing Fortiglaze.