Case study: John Lennon International Airport, Liverpool, UK
- A striking building-high glass façade, part of the £30 million development of Britain’s fastest growing regional airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
- The façade’s ability to perform under blast conditions was a prime consideration.
- 1.8m high panels, some up to 2.25 metres wide, bonded to the aluminium sections using Dowsil 993.
- Dowsil 993 has been developed and tested to the draft requirements of the European Standard for Explosion Resistance of Windows, Doors and Curtain Walls.
The £30 million development of Britain’s fastest growing regional airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, will enable the facility to handle up to three million passengers a year. The new terminal building features an impressive building-high glass façade on the north land side elevation.
Public safety and security was the prime consideration, making the north façade’s ability to perform under blast conditions a key requirement. These important safety priorities should not impinge on the strong aesthetic impact, which the glazed façade was designed to create. All part of making the new terminal a suitable introduction to Liverpool.
To make John Lennon International Airport an impressive gateway to this world-famous city. The new terminal development, designed by Manchester architect Leach Rhodes Walker, has tripled the previous terminal size to 24,000 square metres and provides check-in and baggage handling facilities. The new check-in hall’s most striking feature is a ten metre high structurally glazed façade running the entire length of the north side of the building designed to improve natural light in the full depth of the building.
To meet the exacting requirements of European standards for structural glazing and to marry architectural design with security and safety, the team specified blast resistant 993 Structural Glazing Sealant from Dowsil.