Roofglaze Project: Debenhams, Oxford Street

Debenhams, Oxford Street
Photo source
In one of our most challenging and impressive projects to date, Roofglaze was tasked with the design, fabrication and installation of a stunning 12 metre span, self-supporting faceted barrel vault at Debenhams’ flagship store on London’s Oxford Street.

This impressive 22 metre long skylight was part of a £25m refurbishment programme undertaken by the Main Contractor (Simpson (York) Ltd).

This whole scheme included the five existing retail floors, along with the conversion of the 5th floor from staff office space into additional retail areas.

Two escalators now carry the shoppers up into these new retail areas around the central atrium. The rooflight was constructed using Schüco’s FW 60+ system, for which Roofglaze is an approved fabricator.

Debenhams, Oxford Street

Roofglaze’s Sales Director Robert Culley explains why this rooflight system was used: “The Schüco FW 60+ system is our preferred solution for this type of project, due to its enhanced structural properties and flexibility for complex designs of this nature”.

The end-client was concerned about excessive solar heat gain beneath the large area of glass and, following consultation, Roofglaze recommended using a 6mm SunGuard 62/34 high performance heat soaked toughened outer pane. For safety reasons, an 8.8mm clear laminated inner was incorporated into the double glazed units.

Our installation team worked a combination of day and night shifts in order to ensure that this project was completed ahead of schedule, allowing internal works and store fitting to be carried out following handover.

Debenhams, Oxford Street

Natural daylight has been well documented in recent years as a key beneficial factor in successful retail spaces, providing a pleasant and relaxed environment for shoppers, as well as ideal lighting conditions for the products on sale.

This flagship installation is further evidence of Roofglaze’s growing profile in the retail sector, with other recently completed projects including; the prestigious Prada and Burberry stores at Bicester Village Retail Outlet, London’s Westfield Shopping Centre, Brent Cross Shopping Centre and the refurbishment of the Arcadia Shopping Centre in Ealing.

600450 Roofglaze Project: Debenhams, Oxford Street

Others also read

The Glass Machinery Company recently took delivery of a Fratelli Pezza easymarker UP.
Abundant glass brightens the 70,000 sf facility.
The exterior of the tower is sheathed in a glass curtain wall, with curved glass panels at the northwest and southeast corners.
The building received a new transparent skin glass façade made with Guardian Glass.
Working on One Thousand Museum from Pritzker Prize-winning Architect Zaha Hadid.
Powder-coated in red to match the school’s branding, Maple’s shading at Ashville College is a work of art.

From industry


Thermoseal Group Ltd.
Thermoseal Group Ltd.
Wrightstyle Ltd.
Thermoseal Group Ltd.

Add new comment