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identity for a building.
For example, the glass panels can create
a smooth, seamless finish which unifies the
different areas of the building. The use of an
invisible mounting system will allow the joints
between the panels to ‘disappear’, creating
sweeping surfaces which reflect large amounts
of light and mirror their surroundings.
Alternatively, the architect can create a
surface where the joints between the panels
form an important element of their design,
and this can add great visual strength by
highlighting structural elements of the façade.
Creating visible joints between the panels which
run horizontally, vertically or even diagonally
allows the architect to create a unique look
for every project. Incorporating LED lighting
into these joints is also a popular way to create
dramatic contrasts between light and shade.
An enduring choice
It’s important to remember that glass has been
used in our buildings for centuries and is an
excellent choice for a long-term construction
material. It is also becoming increasingly popular
with today’s facilities and estate managers, largely
because it is easy to maintain, simple to clean and
virtually impervious to the effects of the weather.
Remember too that glass is environmentally
sound as it can easily be recycled.
Naturally, safety is a prime requirement for
any building material and there are glass systems
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Perfect for use both internally and externally, glass allows design themes to flow throughout the building
available which comply with stringent safety
standards covering weathering, impact resistance
and even bomb blasts. Fortunately, a glass
system which offers this impressive performance
need not cost any more than a lesser alternative.
Almost a century ago, a group of leading
German architects exchanged a series of letters
which eventually became known as The Glass
Chain. In the letters, they enthused over the
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many creative possibilities offered by this
incredible material – possibilities which the
technology of the day prevented them from
bringing to life. Fortunately, those restrictions
no longer apply and today’s architects are free
to let their creativity run wild and develop
buildings that have never been possible before.
SFS leads the way with three-day lead times on coloured AP rivets
Responding to market feedback, SFS has invested
in a new assembly facility in Leeds to provide
high-quality, colour-matched AP rivets for
rainscreen cladding. The full range of AP rivets
are now available in a three-day lead time in more
than 100 standard colours.
Andy Stolworthy, director of product
and market development for SFS, said:
“The company’s new investment brings key
manufacturing processes to Yorkshire that were
previously handled in France. The move has
been driven by UK customer feedback for shorter
lead times on high-quality coloured rivets, and
illustrates how SFS is equipped to listen to the
challenges that its customers face and respond in
the most effective way.”
The result for customers is being able to
source AP rivets in a wide range of RAL colours
in considerably reduced lead times. AP rivets
are now available in 100+ standard colours that
can be powder-coated ready for despatch in just
three days on orders placed before midday, up to
a maximum of 5,000 pieces. Additional volumes
and bespoke colours can reportedly be easily
accommodated too, with lead times depending on
the specific requirements.
SFS says its AP rivet leads the market for
securing rainscreen support systems in facefixed
rainscreen applications. The grade five
aluminium body is said to deliver ease of
installation, durability and long-term assurance.
Three flange sizes: 11mm, 14mm and 16mm
AP rivets for rainscreen cladding manufactured by SFS, which are now available powder coated in 100+
standard colours in as little as three days from day of order
and a range of rivet lengths are said to provide a
solution for securing the ‘most widely specified’
rainscreen panels to a support frame. SFS says
its powder-coating processes ensure there is no
paint on the mandrel.
Darren Gunga, head of operations at SFS, said:
“We’re always listening to our customers and
continuously looking at what we can do to make
their lives easier and businesses more successful.
Our new UK production facility for AP rivets
is the tangible result of our approach, adding to
our existing world-class painting technology for
“The new plant transforms the supply chain
for specifiers and installers working on rainscreen
projects. It is the first time that the market has
been able to access the highest quality rainscreen
fixings, complete with a premium colour finish,
in such short lead times. Crucially, it means
customers no longer need to compromise to suit
tight build schedules.
“Our closeness to the market means we are in
touch with the practical demands that customers
face, which is why we’ve invested significant
resources in Leeds to streamline the process from
ordering to delivery on-site.”