Delivering a modern solution for a historic building
Founded in 1935, Marr College in Troon, Scotland, is one such example. Category B listed, the secondary school is of special historic interest, both due to its architectural style and because it was created with the financial backing of local coal merchant, Charles Kerr Marr. Serving the local community for more than 80 years, an overhaul and expansion was recently required to allow for increased accommodation.
As the building has listed status, any expansion would need to be carefully considered, allowing the building to become more suited to modern demands without losing its heritage.
As part of this, meeting the necessary safety requirements of today’s building regulations was crucial – something which could be achieved by specifying materials appropriately.
To ensure a product that could meet all the fire and loading requirements was specified, Pyroguard provided expert technical guidance to cater for the project’s constraints of working within a listed building, helping with the specialist design of additional fire-rated glazing to be incorporated in existing timber windows and doors.
Due to the ambitious nature of the project, more than 300 square metres of Pyroguard toughened glass, including Pyroguard Firesafe T EW30/6, Pyroguard Rapide Plus EI30/EI60 and Pyroguard Protect T-EI60, was chosen for its unrivalled quality and safety features.
Protecting against flames, smoke and radiant heat, the selected glazing range has the advantage of providing Marr College with additional radiant heat control and greater fire protection.
In tests this glass demonstrates the ability to maintain the amount of radiant heat to below 15 kW/m2 on the unexposed face, protecting critical evacuation routes for occupants.
What the client said
The information and guidance from the technical team at Pyroguard was invaluable on this project, particularly in regards to creating a custom detail for the fire protection within the existing timber windows and doors. We worked hand in hand with Pyroguard through the whole project to ensure the correct specification.
Keith Milne, Design Manager at Martec Engineering