|location:||Lloyds, 1 Lime Street, London|
|client:||Lloyds of London|
|main contractor:||Coflex Ltd|
|project scope:||Glass Replacement|
The spectacular Lloyds Building in London is one of the capital’s true landmark buildings. Two distinct refurbishment phases presented EAG with logistical challenges in its quest to install both fire rated, and non-fire rated, glazing.
This project was a specialist rope abseil for a multi-floor removal and replacement of the original fire glazing to the link walkway structure from the famous Leadenhall Street scenic lifts to the main building.
Bespoke netting was designed and installed as protection over the existing glazed canopy to the Lime Street entrance, with similar nets installed directly below each unit to be replaced, over 12 floors above the London streets. The glass was removed externally by suspending glass vacuum suckers from design and load tested bolts drilled to the concrete structure above. External access was achieved by abseilers. The glazing was replaced by delicately rotating the 2.5m high units back through their own apertures.
The utilisation of highly skilled abseil operatives provided both significant cost savings and also relief from the logistical issues associated with the more traditional methods involving road closure and crane lifting.
The reglazing of Lord Levene’s office to the 10th floor was an out of hour’s installation whilst the offices were kept live. All glazing was delivered below ground and transported through the building to the installation site. The old windows were modified to accept glazing to the latest thermal specification and all within a two weekend’s operational programme.