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OAG Integral to sea change at new National Maritime Museum wing

16 Dec 11 For the new £35 million Sammy Ofer Wing at The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, architect C.F Moller wanted to create a subtle design which not only increased the facilities capacity but also integrated the museum more fully into its surroundings - a Royal Park and a World Heritage Site.

With glazing central to the design, specialist architectural glazing contractor OAG engineered an innovative and bespoke solution that complemented the Grade I listed landmark.

Designed by Scandinavian architects C.F Moller and overseen by executive architects Purcell Miller Tritton, the new 6,000 m² Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum has been built by main contractor Lend Lease. This major new wing incorporates a new entrance and exhibition spaces, enhanced visitor facilities, a fully accessible research and learning centre and a brasserie with views over Greenwich Park.

Working with leading curtain walling supplier Raico who provided their versatile Therm+ aluminium curtain walling system, OAG designed and fitted glass facades for the new brasserie, main entrance and lanterns were included to add light to the foyers and main hall. Using the same system OAG supplied a pitched rooflight to span between the old South West Wing and the new structure. In the South West Wing, bespoke structurally glazed double glazed arched windows were fitted inside the historic windows in order to bring the reading room up to current building regulations for thermal insulation.

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OAG brought their years of experience to bear to overcome the considerable logistical barriers within this congested and complicated project, providing birdcage scaffolds, spider cranes and the latest powered access equipment to manoeuvre and install glass panels up to 4.5 x 2m and weighing 500kgs which were delivered to site direct from German supplier Interpane.

In addition and with a brief to create the illusion of a vast unsupported area of glass within the reading room, OAG specified the 117 Frameless Single Glazing Partitioning system from Optima Products. This unique mullion free system proved to be the ideal solution for the space and also benefits from excellent acoustic performance, helping to minimise disturbance to visitors’ peaceful moments of reading.

Part of the Optima Group, OAG brings a wealth of architectural glazing experience spanning engineering, design and installation. The company’s work encompasses internal and external applications, both structural and decorative, and is focused around a solution led approach to delivering glazing in line with architectural intent.

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