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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The sky’s the limit for Standard Patent Glazing

Delivering on the high profile KOKO project this year, Standard Patent Glazing is going from strength to strength.

The newly re-imagined theatre and music venue KOKO showcases the stunning impact of bespoke glazing, which was supplied and implemented by dedicated specialists Standard Patent Glazing.

Here, Operations Director Jonathan Llewellyn discusses the glazing complexities of the much-anticipated KOKO project and what the future holds for the innovative company who are committed to developing sustainable heritage solutions.

Tell us about collaborating with architecture firm Archer Humphryes on the KOKO project.

There were several areas of glazing to design, from two lovely scalloped low-level glazed canopies to the very complex, multi-tiered and multi- faceted Pavilion Atrium. The challenging design intent was set out by Archer Humphryes and implemented by our in-house design team along with a dedicated architect, Cousins & Cousins, through multiple design workshops which Make One Group, the Principal Contractor, kindly facilitated on site at KOKO.

The roof terrace fireplace in The House of KOKO – Interiors by Pirajean Lees in collaboration with Olly Bengough – Photography by Lesley Lau.

Which glazing system was used for the roofing at KOKO?

Our Heritage double glazed system was used for internal habitable spaces whilst our Heritage single glazed system was used to create the scalloped glazed canopies. Our Heritage Lead Covered Steel Patent Glazing systems are a unique product dedicated to the original patent glazing systems of the late 19th Century. The Heritage system was specified as it is the go-to product for the replacement, refurbishment and upgrading of grade one and two listed buildings, buildings of historic value or other prestigious projects, making it the only solution for the KOKO project.

Exterior shot of KOKO – www.koko.co.uk – Photography by Lesley Lau

What was the most challenging part about this project?

A staircase leading from the iconic copper clad dome into to the Pavilion Atrium was the most challenging part of the project. This led to numerous bespoke interface details which were expertly executed by our in-house design team to truly represent Archer Humphryes initial design intent without compromise. Without the expertise of our dedicated in-house design team and the continued innovative development of our Heritage system, listed projects like this would not be possible to replicate.

Heritage Plus range – complete system showing the unchanged victoria aesthetic.

What is your process as a specialist supplier, when working with architects?

We have offered design services for our glazing systems since 1902. We have built on this expertise to offer an open book service when it comes to advising, specifying, co-ordinating and then working with Architects, be it a modern design intent leading to the specification of one of our aluminium systems or a prestigious historic refurbishment such as KOKO which lends itself to our unique Heritage systems. Due to our dedicated in-house design team, we can facilitate bespoke design leading to diverse and successful installations. Our accountability in terms of service is the main reason we maintain working relationships with Architects, we are there at the design stage right the way through to the handover stage and beyond, believe it or not this accountability is quite unique in the industry due to the tiered nature of the glazing sector. The tier system starts with a System houses usually liaise with the Architect initially, then an outsourced fabricator is passed on the manufacture element whilst an outsourced installation Contractor is handed the installation package, this creates a tiered system which reduces accountability throughout.

Heritage Plus range – cut through of glazing bar showing the composite design and thermal break.

What’s next for Standard Patent Glazing?

Innovation is key, we have a great history, but we want to create a better future for Standard Patent Glazing, the daylighting industry and most importantly for end users. We have developed a patent pending thermally broken ‘Heritage Plus’ glazing system that is compliant with Part L of the building regulations whilst keeping the Heritage appearance of the late 19th Century, in addition it can span up to 30% longer, this is a massive achievement and will provide a sustainable Heritage solution for decades to come.

In addition to our commitment to sustainable heritage products we are also developing a four-edge modern aluminium glazing system with which will help bridge the gap between curtain walling in a roof application and true roof glazing design. The system will benefit from vastly improved thermal efficiency, weatherability, span capability and of course accountability whilst not compromising on the aesthetics. So, it’s all going on at Standard Patent Glazing, watch this space.


www.koko.co.uk photography by Lesley Lau

Read our full case study on the KOKO roject HERE.



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