Fire Rated Glazing at the University of Surrey
Frameless fire-rated doors in new research hub for Surrey University.
310 Studio were commissioned by the University of Surrey to design a new research building, which would be home to the Future AI and Robotics in Space research facilities. The university is a global leader in the field of space robotics and they wanted a building that reflected this, using modern architecture and internal glazing elements to allow light and views to pass through the contemporary space.
The overall design of the new robotics and AI research hub reflects the function of the building, specialising in space systems and mission designs, involving perception, GNC and autonomy. The high-tech laboratories are equipped with special facilities with specialised glazing to ensure safety for the students and teachers of the space. Far-space works as a collaborative environment for students to experiment and develop using various types of equipment to produce vast opportunities for experimentation.
IQ were specified to design and install bespoke glazing for Surrey University, including fire rated glazing systems, as our extensive portfolio of working on building within the education sector and providing specialist glazing for schools, colleges and universities, and also experience with designing and installing complex fire rated glazing.
Frameless fire-rated doors enhance the new research laboratory working environment with natural light throughout the day, whilst ensuring high fire security for the new department at Surrey University. Protecting vital fire escape routes is a top priority in an educational setting and the frameless glazing ass uses 30/30 fire glass, referring to 30 minutes of integrity and 60 minutes of insulation.
The frameless fire rated glass door is pivoted at the head and base using specialist steel pivots, a small back-painted band around each edge of the frameless door concealing the edge of the intumescent seal. The specified frameless fire rated doors were designed with maglocks to create security for the educational building as well as the internal users of the space, typically these mag locks disable when any sign of fire is occurring.
Approved Document K of UK building regulations stipulates that for large frameless or minimally framed glazing elevations in non-dwelling spaces, the glass must include manifestations to prevent injury from collision with the glass. Here IQ designed a minimalistic Fair-space logo and large panel line across the frameless EI30 fire rated doors to ensure the glazing adhered to this without disrupting the natural light or views.