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AGC glass played a lead role in the renovation of the stunning station spanning the Thames at Blackfriars. AGC customer, Kite Glass, based in Weybridge, won the contract to supply the AGC 25mm Linea Azzurra toughened and heat soaked glass specified for the wind guarding panels that run the full length of the bridge as well as the balustrading. The 360 panels weighed around 100 tonnes (glazed) and represent the largest ever supply of Linea Azzurra glass for a single project in the UK. The glass, fabricated by AGC Cuneo in Italy, was also cut, edge polished and toughened by Kite Glass Ltd.
The redeveloped station is the first in London to span the entire length of the river Thames. The contract with Network Rail was through main contractor Balfour Beatty. Kite Glass's success in securing this bid was due in part to the fact that the company has built up a strong relationship with Network Rail's contractors and are viewed as a dependable and authenticated supplier.
In fact, Kite Glass' credentials stretch across an impressive range of projects, including St Pancras, Kings Cross, Waterloo and, most recently,Birmingham New Street as well as Crossrail, London Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Leroy Reed, Kite Glass' Managing Director comments: "Processing 25mm glass presents many challenges and despite the excellent quality from AGC, the glass is still difficult to edge, drill, toughen and heat soak. However Kite Glass began processing and toughening thicker glass over 20 years ago, mainly for the marine window market in those days,and so we are well versed in its unique nature. The technical specification for Blackfriars Bridge was very tight as the glazing was installed along either side of the bridge and needed tight tolerances on size, flatness and stress. The delivery schedule was also complicated as the glass panels were being glazed from the middle of the bridge towards each end, so loading out and delivery had to be very carefully controlled."