Barkers Furnishings
Barkers Home is one of the largest home stores in the North of England set in the market Town of Northallerton.
They have recently completed a £3.5 million extension and refurbishment programme which included a new double story structural glass façade and automatic sliding doors for which they appointed Artisan Glass Structures.
As can be seen from the images, the geometry of the building is complicated with vertically faceted screens and a particularly tricky glass to glass corner where the faceted screens meet. The glass specification for this project is 19.5mm toughened laminate glass with Sentry Plus structural interlayer and the glass is connected back the primary structural steel frame by a series of bespoke “spider fixings” and glass bolts. Within the inner leaf of the laminate there are encapsulated fittings and thus the glass bolts do not penetrate the façade giving an entirely flush appearance.

In order to make this installation work correctly, the setting out of the bracketry back to the steelwork had to be pin point accurate so we insisted this element was also undertaken by ourselves. To further complicate matters, the new screen had to look identical to an existing screen within the original store which had been built some 20 years prior. After much searching a copy of the original hand drawn plans were unearthed and we were able to manufacture brackets and bolts of the same style as the original to ensure consistency throughout the extended building.

The facades are complimented by a structural “glass box” feature entrance feature a set of automatic sliding doors.

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