The contract in Riyadh was for some 2,000 square metres of external protection to VIP areas of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, which has over 900 beds and some 7,000 staff.
The contract was of particular significance as the company believes that it is one of the largest high-level security projects ever specified.
Not only did the system have to accommodate extremely thick and heavy glass and resist a high level attack, it had to span a significant double floor height and fit within a limited glazing zone so to seamlessly integrate with the standard glazing used adjacent to it.
“Our SR60 curtain wall system met all the specified challenges, with its 4mm thick steel profiles,” said Lee Coates, Wrightstyle’s technical director.
“Our comprehensive test data for security applications allowed us to specify for the project, and to then conduct project-specific testing to substantiate its performance,” he said.
The contract underlines the specialist nature of the protective glazing industry, with Wrightstyle’s integrated steel and glass systems being rigorously tested worldwide for a range of international markets.
The hospital is the national referral centre for Oncology, Organ Transplantation, Cardiovascular Diseases, Neurosciences and Genetic Diseases, as well as providing a full range of tertiary, secondary and primary health care services.
The King Faisal hospital, an international centre of excellence, had been undergoing building development to house facilities for cancer and liver disease, a National Biotechnology Center and a Royal wing.
Wrightstyle has recently also supplied to hotel and infrastructure projects in Qatar, a major retail project in the Lebanon – and was a supplier to the Dubai Metro. The company has also supplied to projects across the UAE and Egypt.
Wrightstyle is also currently supplying to a project in the USA and to a major arts institute in Hong Kong.
“Our systems provide protection against a wide range of high security ballistic and blast threats, as well as a conventional range of protective levels against fire, smoke and toxic gases,” said Lee Coates, Wrightstyle’s technical director.
“We have independently tested our systems against both car and lorry bomb attack, and our systems are designed to provide up to 120 minutes of integrity and insulation. We also have specialist accreditation in the USA and Far East, giving us worldwide reach,” he said.