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Profab Access sets standard for specification at Sixty London Wall

01 July 2022

AS PART of the renovation process at Sixty London Wall, almost 500 Profab Access high quality riser doors and access panels have been installed throughout the entire building by specialist carpentry, joinery and fit-out contractor JJ Sweeney.

Located within the epicentre of central London, Sixty London Wall delivers Grade A office accommodation combined with superior retail opportunities, all housed within a visually striking and contemporary development that stands apart from neighbouring buildings.

Delivering 325,000 sq ft of premium office space over ten floors, the extensively renovated property offers collaborative working areas, bolstered by first class ‘end of journey’ facilities for commuters, including 380 cycle spaces and lockers and 38 showers and changing rooms.

Specified in a range of sizes and configurations for installation throughout the communal areas and washrooms on every floor, Profab Access’ robust and resilient INTEGRA 4000 Series and VISION 8000 Series fire-rated riser doors provide concealed access to M&E services.

The steel riser doors seamlessly integrate with masonry walls, shaft walls and drywall partitions, providing the highest standards in functionality and safety, while simultaneously enhancing the overall interior aesthetic.

Renovation project

Fashioning of the new mixed-used development, which was managed by Skanska, spans 1.25 acres and offers 30% more floor accommodation than the previous structure, with all internal walls removed and a new atrium constructed through the centre of the building. Five standout walkable sky gardens that span 21,089 sq ft also take pride of place across the building’s exterior, offering unobstructed views of the capital’s most iconic landmarks.

Due to the prime city centre location of the development, it was essential Sixty London Wall offered professionals the aforementioned ‘end of journey’ facilities. Dedicated ground floor showering and changing facilities are combined with washrooms on every floor.

Profab Access’ VISION 8000 Series riser doors were specified for installation throughout each of these areas due to their construction providing complete design freedom, offering the ability for bespoke facades to be created in order to complement the chosen interior design scheme.

During the fit-out process, the facades of each of the VISION 8000 Series riser doors were clad in the same ceramic tiles as those on the surrounding walls, successfully disguising each panel to create a flawless, concealed, high quality finish that supports – rather than impacts – the chosen visual style.

Fire performance

While aesthetics was a leading consideration throughout the specification process, the fire performance and functionality of the riser doors were also important factors. Regardless of the stone material installed on the facade of the VISION 8000 Series, it will still retain its impressive fire safety standards, providing the highest results in terms of compliance and performance.

Third party tested by Warringtonfire, Profab Access’ VISION 8000 Series and INTEGRA 4000 Series riser doors are CERTIFIRE accredited up to two hours, while also being smoke-sealed and airtight to Part L. Both ranges offer superior acoustic benefits, with the INTEGRA 4000 Series rated to 35 dB and the VISION 8000 Series rated to 33 dB.

This means that, in the event of a fire, the riser doors will maintain their frame and integrity for up to two hours, thereby limiting the spread of fire and also transmission of radiant heat for this period of time. The doors are equipped with an intumescent smoke seal, which enables occupants to safely exit, while also minimising potential damage to the rest of the building.

Complete confidence

Paul Wines, project manager at JJ Sweeney, noted: “We have been specifying Profab Access’ extensive portfolio of access solutions for over ten years, so we had complete confidence that the business would be the ideal manufacturer for such a high-profile project.”

Wines continued: “Installation of the riser doors and access panels took over eight months to complete, with myself and members of the JJ Sweeney team overseeing every aspect of the process. The end result is a high quality, aesthetically discreet finish that will offer the highest standards in performance for the entire lifecycle of the building.”

Profab Access’ PRIMA 1000 Series ceiling access panels have also been installed throughout the building to provide secure access to overhead services. Featuring a pivot device for easy door removal and a push lock mechanism for enhanced usability, the access panels are constructed to offer contractors first-class functionality without impacting on the chosen interior design scheme.

Marcus Parnham, commercial director at Profab Access, informed Fire Safety Matters: “Our partnership with JJ Sweeney throughout this redevelopment project perfectly demonstrates the versatility and durability of our extensive range of riser doors and access panels. Sixty London Wall offers the very highest standards in contemporary office accommodation for the capital’s professionals, with our portfolio of access solutions facilitating the continuous maintenance of the building in an unobtrusive and effective way.”

Achieving an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating upon completion, the redevelopment of the building really does set the standard for high quality sustainable office accommodation.

*Further information about Profab Access and its range of access panels, riser doors and steel doors is available online at www.profabaccess.com