SA-made cladding for London multimodal rail station

The new lift structures at Stratford Station in London, clad with Vitraclad heavy gauge panels supplied by Vitrex.London’s Stratford railway station is being smartly refurbished and is set to become the principal multimodal station for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

From the other side of the globe, South Africa’s Jet Park-based Vitrex has supplied its Vitraclad vitreous enamelled steel cladding panels to the project.

 

Cristian Cottino, sales and marketing manager at Vitrex, says the company has supplied heavy gauge Vitraclad panels in its Pure White colour for the external cladding of the freestanding lift structures between the ground and first floors.

“Although glass and stainless steel are the dominant finishes in the refurbished station, Vitraclad panels were preferred as the cladding material for the lift structures because of Vitraclad’s low maintenance requirements and greater safety compared to glass and stainless steel, particularly in the event of an explosion,” Cottino adds.

The contract called for flat, curved corner, parapet and rooftop vitreous enamelled cladding elements.

Stratford Station is close to the new Olympic Stadium under construction north-east of London. Its refurbishment forms part of London Underground’s upgrading programme to provide step-free station access for disabled commuters. The station is managed and operated by Tubelines on behalf of London Underground.

“Stratford Station will be a key transport hub for the 2012 Olympic Games,” says Cottino. “It will be a converging point for the Jubilee underground line, Docklands Light Rail, the new Cross Rail line, and Eurostar.”

Dennis Jordaan is the Tubelines architect who specified Vitraclad for this project. The installation was handled by Astec Projects of Reading in Berkshire and the contract was secured by David Shepherd of Vitrex Europe and Middle East.

Vitrex has been exporting Vitraclad panels widely for several decades. Also known as ‘porcelain steel’, the panels have been installed, for example, at various stations of the Land Transport Authority’s Mass Rail Transit system in Singapore, the Mass Transport Railway Corporation system in Hong Kong, Irish Rail in Ireland and the London Underground Limited system in London.

Vitraclad panels are available in a variety of coloured enamels and offer advantages such as colourfastness, resistance to corrosion, a hygienic surface, and durability. The panels can be used to provide acoustic and thermal insulation and have excellent electrical insulation properties. Vitraclad panels are also fully recyclable.

Previous story
keyboard_arrow_upWorld class standards in roller shutter doors
keyboard_arrow_downWorld class standards in roller shutter doors

Capital projects completed for the Soccer World Cup taught South Africans to build to internationally accepted standards, particularly in terms of public safety, and specifiers are now more insistent on conforming to them. This is the view of Dave Kearney, managing director of Roll-Up Serranda, the company that supplied the roller shutters for both the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth stadiums.

Next story
keyboard_arrow_upBeyond your imagination
keyboard_arrow_downBeyond your imagination

An alternative to ceramic tile, Inoxta stainless steel tiles are ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, interior walls and any cladding applications

keyboard_arrow_upHow to clean the Solent fans in your house in a few easy steps
keyboard_arrow_downHow to clean the Solent fans in your house in a few easy steps

Solent, being the expert on fans, know how important it is to have a clean fan during peak seasons. You can’t see it when they’re spinning around but fans tend to collect a lot of dirt, especially if they’re in or near a kitchen where steam and grease can be a magnet for dust. So […]

keyboard_arrow_upA blueprint for Africa’s future cities
keyboard_arrow_downA blueprint for Africa’s future cities

Mauritius’ forward-thinking and nimble policies have resulted in the island nation riding the wave to the centre of investment and development in Africa. Firmly established as Africa’s most progressive business orientated jurisdiction, Mauritius’ forward-thinking and nimble policies have resulted in the island nation riding the wave to the centre of investment and development in Africa. […]

keyboard_arrow_upCanon UVgel solves the wide-format productivity puzzle
keyboard_arrow_downCanon UVgel solves the wide-format productivity puzzle

Johannesburg, South Africa. August 2018. The digital revolution in wide format printing for signage and graphics has undoubtedly opened up many avenues of opportunity for print service providers (PSPs). Developments in hardware, media and inks over the last decade have enabled PSPs to diversify their product offerings and extend their business capabilities. The continuing good […]